Gray Wolf (Canis lupus)
Archived Information - Control of Depredating Wolves in Michigan: 2005 to 2006
The Humane Society of the U.S. and others filed suit against the Department of the Interior (DOI) and the Service for issuance of a permit to Wisconsin for use of lethal measures to control wolf depredations. On August 9, 2006 a U.S. District Court judge ruled against DOI and the permit was no longer in effect.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.
May 2006 Endangered Species Permit
Measures to protect pets and livestock from problem wolves in Michigan were adopted and approved by federal and state agencies in consultation with tribes to address wolf depredation control measures using an integrated approach that includes lethal and non-lethal measures.
An Environmental Assessment was prepared to evaluate a range of options for addressing wolf damage in Michigan.
The Environmental Assessment was prepared in response to a Michigan DNR application for a permit to "take" (killing, harming) gray wolves for various recovery activities. Gray wolves in Michigan are listed as endangered under the Endangered Species Act. Permits authorizing removal of problem wolves are provided for under the ESA when those actions are needed for scientific purposes or to enhance survival of a listed species' population. Allowing removal of problem wolves helps ensure that illegal killing of gray wolves is minimized, and public tolerance of wolves in general is maintained.
Following completion of the Environmental Assessment the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service signed a permit (PDF) that provided for full implementation of the integrated management program that allowed control or removal of depredating wolves. The permit was issued to the State of Michigan; control actions were carried out by the State of Michigan and Wildlife Services, acting as an agent for the state.
A Set of Findings, Decision and Finding of No Significant Impact, Biological Opinion, a copy of the permit (PDF), and the final EA, which includes public comments on the draft EA and responses (Chapter 6) can all be viewed from this website.
ENVIRONMENTAL ASSESSMENT - was
available for public review and comment from January 19 thru February
Michigan DNR permit application to take gray wolves for recovery purposes.
A summary of public comments and FWS responses on the Michigan DNR permit application.