21 December 2011 BREAKING: Great Lakes Wolves Delisted! Posted by: John Motsinger | 2 comments | Share: Great Lakes wolves successfully recovered under Endangered Species Act Federal protections lifted based on sustainable populations and solid state management plans WASHINGTON (Dec. 21, 2011) – The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced today that it will be removing federal protections for gray wolves in the western Great Lakes, including parts of Wisconsin, Minnesota and Michigan. Timber wolf pups play-fighting in Minnesota. The following is a statement from Jamie Rappaport Clark, president of Defenders of Wildlife: “The successful recovery of wolves in the western Great Lakes shows that our nation’s wildlife conservation tools really do work. The incredible comeback of wolves in the region is a testament to the effectiveness of the Endangered Species Act and the dedication of wolf advocates, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and state wildlife managers. By working toward a common goal, we have been able to restore wolves across the western Great Lakes landscape and protect America’s natural heritage for generations to come. We urge the states to continue managing wolves in a way that sustains their essential ecological role while working proactively with nonlethal measures to reduce conflicts with livestock and other animals before they arise. “The recovery of wolves in the Great Lakes is a reminder of our nation’s great conservation legacy and a major victory that all Americans can be proud of.” Read more about what Defenders has done to protect wolves in the Great Lakes Read an op-ed from Defenders’ President Jamie Rappaport Clark in the Madison Capital Times Learn more about wolves in the Great Lakes region from USFWS 2 Responses to “BREAKING: Great Lakes Wolves Delisted!” Robin Krueger November 24th, 2012 Governor Walker should be trapped as he is allowing so many wisconsinites to trap and shoot! Trapping is the most inhumane way to kill any creature and wisconsin should be ashamed to allow it! I am a resident of Wisconsin and this personally makes me sick to my stomache! This governor can’t earn the politicl respect he has been continuosly losing over job and tax problems and now he’s really stepped to another lower level! SHAME ON YOU GOVERNOR LOSER WALKER>>>>He couldn’t handle the re-count of votes crying like a big baby….now he want’s to try stepping to lower levels to appeal to these people who think wolves are simply “in they’re way!” I am pleading to any wisconsin residents to write him and tell him to stop this insanity…it is inhumane and just simply a lazy and irresponsible way to eliviate problems between farmers and wolves living side by side. Get off your **** and follow some of the other state’s resolutions to these problems with some effort and respect to nature as effectively without the necessity for cruelty! Post Your Comment Click here to cancel reply. Name (required) Mail (required) (will not be published) You May also be interested in Two Too Many Development Projects in the Ivanpah Valley While these projects most definitely directly impact a species that has been identified as threatened and is dependent on the habitat where they would be built, Silver State South and Stateline’s approval is most troubling for a bigger reason. You see, this isn’t just an issue for the Ivanpah Valley. Developers and agencies need to be conscious of how and where they plan energy projects all across the country. They need to look at renewable energy planning with a landscape-wide lens, understanding that building in the right places and making an effort to minimize environmental impacts from the start are essential. California’s Rim Fire: Opportunities Rise from the Ashes After California’s devastating Rim Fire, will officials take the opportunity to give nature a chance to fully recover? What Montana Isn’t Saying: Why Wild Bison Aren’t Welcome in the State Montana is rounding up wild bison as they leave Yellowstone National Park and shipping them to slaughter. But why?