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Gray Wolf ESA Status in Illinois and Iowa

 

There is no resident gray wolf population in Illinois and Iowa, but individual wolves have entered the states after dispersing from northern populations. The gray wolf Western Great Lakes Distinct Population Segment has been removed from the list of Endangered and Threatened Species and is no longer protected under the Endangered Species Act. The defined area of the Western Great Lakes Distinct Population Segment includes Illinois and Iowa north of the centerline of Interstate Highway 80.

 

The gray wolf remains listed as endangered south of the centerline of Interstate Highway 80 in Illinois and Iowa. Where the wolf remains listed as endangered it is illegal to harm, harass, or kill a wolf unless there is an immediate threat to human safety. If someone is in a situation where they feel they or someone else is in immediate danger from a wolf, they can kill the wolf.

 

Map of the Gray Wolf Western Great Lakes Distinct Population Segment

 


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Last updated: April 1, 2014