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Endangered Species Permits

Gray Wolf

 

Gray wolves are now listed as threatened in Minnesota and endangered elsewhere in the western Great Lakes region. The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources and Michigan Department of Natural Resources have each applied for a Federal Fish and Wildlife Permit, as described in the April 20, 2010 Federal Register Notice, to allow their continued management and research of the wolf. In both States, the proposed take of wolves would involve both lethal and nonlethal control for individual wolves involved in depredating livestock, livestock guard animals, and pets. Both States request lethal take authority to abate damages to livestock and pets that result from wolves, and demonstrate the efficacy of control techniques through research since the applicants’ ability to control them was negated by the recent relisting of wolves in the Great Lakes States.

 

The public was invited to comment on the Michigan and Wisconsin permit applications and the comment period closed on May 20, 2010. Links to the applications and Environmental Assessments of those applications are provided below.

 

Federal Register (April 20, 2010): Notice of Availability of Permit Applications; Request for Comments.

 

Michigan

Michigan Department of Natural Resources Permit Application for Wolf Depredation Control - March 6, 2009 (18-page PDF)

 

Final Environmental Assessment: Management of Wolf Conflicts and Depredating Wolves in Michigan (May 2006)

 

Supplement to the Environmental Assessment: Management of Wolf Conflicts and Depredating Wolves in Michigan (December 2009)

 

Wisconsin

Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources Permit Application - January 20, 2009 (25-page PDF)

 

Final Environmental Assessment: Management of Wolf Conflicts and Depredating Wolves in Wisconsin (April 2006)

 

Supplement to the Environmental Assessment: management of Wolf Conflicts and Depredating Wolves in Wisconsin (December 2009)

 

Previous Permit Applications for Wolf Depredation Control in Michigan and Wisconsin

In 2006, the Service issued Endangered Species "recovery" permits to the Michigan and Wisconsin Departments of Natural Resources that included lethal measures for wolf management and depredation control. The permit applications and Set of Findings explain why lethal measures to control wolf depredations are necessary for the continued conservation of wolves. 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)

 

Michigan

bulletMay 2006: Set of Findings - Michigan Department of Natural Resources Wolf Depredation Permit (18-page PDF)

 

bulletApril 2006: Final Environmental Assessment for the Management of Wolf conflicts and Depredating Wolves in Michigan (172-page PDF) This Environmental Assessment was prepared in response to a Michigan Deparment of Natural Resources application for a permit to use lethal and non-lethal measures to "take" (killing, harming) gray wolves for depredation control and for various recovery activities.

 

bulletSeptember 2005: Michigan Department of Natural Resources’ Application for an Endangered Species Permit (11-page PDF)

 

Wisconsin

bulletApril 24, 2006: Set of Findings - Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources Wolf Depredation Permit (17-page PDF)

 

bulletApril 2006: Final Environmental Assessment for the Management of Wolf conflicts and Depredating Wolves in Wisconsin (156-page PDF) This Environmental Assessment was prepared in response to a Wisconsin Deparment of Natural Resources application for a permit to use lethal and non-lethal measures to "take" (killing, harming) gray wolves for depredation control and for various recovery activities.

 

bulletSeptember 9, 2005: Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources’ Application for an Endangered Species Permit (12-page PDF)

 

 

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Last updated: June 10, 2014