Gray Wolf (Canis lupus)
Archived Information about Depredation Control in Michigan and Wisconsin
of Depredating Wolves in Wisconsin and Michigan
After our 2003 reclassification of midwestern wolves was judicially
overturned, States sought authority to kill depredating wolves. In April
2005 the Service issued limited subpermits providing this authority to
Michigan and Wisconsin Departments of Natural Resources. In September
2005 the subpermits were enjoined by Federal District Court in Washington,
DC, due to inadequate public notice of the States' applications.
subpermits were enjoined, the States applied for full permits to kill
depredating wolves. In May 2006, a permit
was issued to the Wisconsin DNR and the Michigan DNR. The Humane Society of the U.S. and others filed suit against the Department of the Interior (DOI) and the Service for issuance of those permits. On August 9, 2006 a U.S. District Court judge ruled against DOI and the permits were no longer in effect. DOI began an appeal, but when the Gray Wolf Western Great Lakes Distinct Population Segment was delisted in 2007, the appeal became moot.
August 9, 2006 District Court Judge's Opinion: Humane Society of the United States, et al., vs Dirk Kempthorne, Secretary of the Interior, et al. (34-page PDF)
Wolf Depredation Control: Endangered Species Permit and Environmental Assessment (May 2006)
Michigan Wolf Depredation Control: Endangered Species Permit and Environmental Assessment (May 2006)
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