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April 1, 2003 Final Rule to Reclassify/Delist the Gray Wolf kes DPS

This Final Rule is no longer in effect due to the January 31, 2005, ruling from the U.S. District Court in Portland, Oregon and a similar ruling from the Vermont District Court.

 

2003 Summary of Federal Regulations for Taking Gray Wolves in the Eastern Distinct Population Segment

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2003 4(d) Rule for Midwestern Wolves (except Minnesota) (pdf)

 

All wolves killed or injured in the Eastern DPS must be reported to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) or to the appropriate state or tribal conservation agency.

 

Situation Special regulations for Minnesota wolves (see 50 CFR 17.40(d)) Special regulations for wolves in other Midwestern states - North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas, Iowa, Missouri, Wisconsin, Illinois, Michigan, Indiana, & Ohio. DO NOT apply to states east of Ohio or to Minnesota (see 50 CFR 17.40(o)) Eastern Distinct Population Segment states that are east of Ohio - Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire, & Maine. (see 50 CFR 17.31)
A. In defense of human life Any person can kill or injure a wolf in defense of his/her life or the life of others Any person can kill or injure a wolf in defense of his/her life or the life of others Any person can kill or injure a wolf in defense of his/her life or the life of others
B. Protecting human safety U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) or its designated agents may remove wolves that are a "demonstrable but nonimmediate threat to human life or safety." (Not specifically included in 50 CFR 17.40(d), but included in Regional endangered species permit.) Wolves that are a "demonstrable but nonimmediate threat to human life or safety" may be removed by FWS, other federal land management agencies, state or tribal conservation agencies, or designated agents of any of these agencies. Wolves that are a "demonstrable but nonimmediate threat to human life or safety" may be removed by FWS, other federal land management agencies, state conservation agencies, or designated agents of any of these agencies.
C. Aiding a sick, injured, or orphaned wolf; disposing of a dead wolf; or salvaging for scientific study May be done by FWS, other federal land management agencies, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR), or their agents May be done by FWS, other federal land management agencies, state or tribal conservation agencies, or their agents May be done by FWS, other federal land management agencies, state conservation agencies, or their agents
D. Salvaging a dead wolf for traditional cultural purposes by Native American tribes Not included in 50 CFR 17.40(d), but may be done under permit issued by FWS; see G, below. May be done by FWS, other federal land management agencies, state or tribal conservation agencies, or their agents No specific provision under 50 CFR 17.31; may be done under permit issued by FWS; see G, below.
E. Removing wolves attacking lawfully present domestic animals May be done by FWS and Minnesota DNR, or agents of these agencies May be done by employees of FWS, state or tribal natural resource management agencies, or their agents No specific provision under 50 CFR 17.31; may be done under permit issued by FWS; see G, below.
F. Taking wolves for research or conservation programs under ESA section 6 cooperative agreements Minnesota DNR has full authority for such taking State conservation agencies which have approved section 6 cooperative agreements with FWS have full authority for such taking State conservation agencies which have approved section 6 cooperative agreements with FWS have full authority for such taking
G. Other forms of take may be carried out for various purposes under specific FWS permits, as authorized by 50 CFR 17.32 By various parties, if the take is for:
  • scientific purposes
  • enhancement of propagation or survival
  • zoological exhibition
  • educational purposes
  • incidental taking (with an HCP)
  • special purposes consistent with ESA
By various parties, if the take is for:
  • scientific purposes
  • enhancement of propagation or survival
  • zoological exhibition
  • educational purposes
  • incidental taking (with an HCP)
  • special purposes consistent with ESA
By various parties, if the take is for:
  • scientific purposes
  • enhancement of propagation or survival
  • zoological exhibition
  • educational purposes
  • incidental taking (with an HCP)
  • special purposes consistent with ESA

 

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