Wolves Back On The Endangered Species List

December 19, 2014 a ruling by U.S. District Court Judge Beryl A. Howell said the western Great Lakes area wolves must be returned to the Endangered Species list by U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. This ruling affects wolf populations in Michigan, Minnesota, and Wisconsin.

Did this ruling come out of the blue?
Not really, back in 2012 when the western Great Lakes region wolves were dropped off of the endangered species list, the Humane Society of the United States Born Free, USA; Help Our Wolves Live; and Friends of Animals and Their Environment filed a lawsuit; saying because wolves hadn’t fully recovered in all 50 states they need to stay under federal protection. On the flip side (science), wolves in the region have recovered beyond expectations set by the endangered species act and are now, more than ever, threatening pets, livestock and children in the area.

What does this mean for hunters?
Unless this decision is overturned it will prohibit any wolf hunting and trapping in the three states. Wolves in Minnesota seem to be on the “threatened” list meaning a limited number of problem wolves can be culled by federal trappers. In Michigan and Wisconsin the wolves are listed and “endangered.” This means no wolves can be killed in the two states unless there is an immediate threat to human life.

How do you feel about this decision handed down by U.S. District Court Judge Howell?

For more information check out this article by the U.S. Sportsman's Alliance

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