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Wolf news Western Great Lakes Region!!!!

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  1. midalake

    midalake Well-Known Member

    Jan 29, 1998
    Dec. 21, 2011

    Contact: Ed Golder 517-335-3014 or Debbie Munson Badini 906-226-1352

    DNR Applauds Federal Decision to Remove Wolves from Endangered Species List

    The Michigan Department of Natural Resources today applauded the US Fish and Wildlife Service’s decision to remove wolves in the western Great Lakes region from the federal endangered species list. The decision returns management of the species to the state level.

    The federal delisting rule removing wolves from the endangered species list will be published in the Federal Register Wednesday, Dec. 28, and will take effect Friday, Jan. 27, 30 days after its publication.

    Returning wolves to state management will allow the DNR to more effectively manage the species under Michigan's highly-regarded Wolf Management Plan, which was created through a roundtable process involving interested parties representing viewpoints from all sides of the wolf issue.

    “This is great news for the state’s wolf population and for Michigan citizens who have been affected by this issue,” said DNR Director Rodney Stokes. “Treating wolves as an endangered species, when the population has exceeded federal recovery goals in Michigan for more than a decade, has negatively impacted public opinion in areas of Michigan where wolves are established on the landscape. I firmly believe that the more flexible management options allowed under the state’s Wolf Management Plan will help increase social acceptance of the species while maintaining a healthy, sustainable wolf population.”

    Once wolves are removed from the endangered species list, the DNR will continue to recommend nonlethal methods of control first, including flashing lights, flagging and noisemakers. In addition, the DNR administers a grant program that provides some funding to livestock owners with depredation issues for improved fencing and guard animals such as llamas, donkeys and Great Pyrenees dogs.

    However, in cases where nonlethal methods are not working or feasible, DNR officials will now have the ability to kill problem wolves when appropriate. Under federal Endangered Species Act protection, wolves are protected from lethal control measures except in defense of human safety.

    Livestock and dog owners in Michigan will also be able to legally protect their private property from wolf depredation once wolves are removed from the endangered species list.

    The Michigan Legislature passed laws in 2008 to allow livestock or dog owners, or their designated agents, to remove, capture, or, if deemed necessary, use lethal means to destroy a wolf that is “in the act of preying upon” (attempting to kill or injure) the owner’s livestock or dog(s). These state laws will go into effect on Friday, Jan. 27, 30 days after the Final Rule is published in the Federal Register.

    After the wolf is taken off the federal endangered species list, the animal will remain a protected species in Michigan. There is no public hunting or trapping of wolves allowed in Michigan. The DNR and the US Fish and Wildlife Service will investigate and continue vigorous prosecution of any wolf poaching cases. Illegally killing a wolf is punishable by up to 90 days in jail, a $1,000 fine, or both, and the cost of prosecution. Reports about poaching can be made to the DNR’s Report All Poaching (RAP) Hotline, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, at 800-292-7800.

    For more information on Michigan’s wolf population and to see the state’s Wolf Management Plan, go to www.michigan.gov/wolves.

    The Michigan Department of Natural Resources is committed to the conservation, protection, management, use and enjoyment of the state’s natural and cultural resources for current and future generations. For more information, go to www.michigan.gov/dnr

    Read more at Michigan-Sportsman.com: Wolf delisting news - The Michigan Sportsman Forums http://www.michigan-sportsman.com/forum/showthread.php?p=3929439#post3929439#ixzz1hEwTOPj8

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  2. Donm

    Donm Active Member

    Jan 29, 1998
    Good new for us deer hunters in Wi. and the surrounding states.
  3. Hap MecTweaks

    Hap MecTweaks Well-Known Member

    Jan 29, 1998
    Mesquite, Nevada
    Delisting wolves was much needed! I didn't see anything about controlling the numbers though?

    “in the act of preying upon”

    Good luck with that part too! A couple wolves can kill your hunting dog in less than a heartbeat! I've heard that deer hunting in MI upper penisula is almost at a standstill due to less deer? Western states big game hunting is suffering big time and may never be the same again! Idaho is in trouble big time with the wolf populations there!!

  4. mnhunter2

    mnhunter2 TS Member

    Dec 25, 2009
    Well I can tell you that in areas of MN we have big packs of wolves that hunt at will. I have listened to 3 seperate packs hunting and howling at the same time in the area we hunt deer in. They have always been in the woods we hunt in but the population has increased a lot over the last 20 yrs. About time the states get to manage them as big game animals.
  5. Pocatello

    Pocatello Active Member

    Jan 29, 1998
    Celebrate the delisting while you can. I predict before year's end that Defenders of Wildlife or a similar organization will sue to get the decision reversed, and will likely get an injunction to block any change while the lawsuit is pending. They did that in the western states even though the US Congress passed a law last year removing wolves from the Endangered Species List in Idaho and Montana.
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