Wolf, © Michael S. Quinton / National Geographic Stock

BREAKING: Great Lakes Wolves Delisted!

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!”

  1. Robin Krueger

    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!

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