Final Rule Published Removing Gray Wolves in Western Great Lakes From Endangered Species List
The final rule removing the gray wolf in the Western Great Lakes region from the list of endangered and threatened species was published today in the Federal Register. The rule will go into effect on May 4, 2009, according to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
Gray wolves in the region will remain under protection of the Endangered Species Act until the effective date. Once the rule is in effect, tribes and states in the core recovery area – Michigan, Minnesota and Wisconsin – will assume management responsibility. The Service will work with states and tribes to monitor wolves for at least five years to ensure their ongoing survival.
Earlier this year, the Service announced that gray wolves in the Western Great Lakes had recovered and no longer required the protection of the Endangered Species Act. The final rule formally identifies gray wolves in the Western Great Lakes as a distinct population segment under the Endangered Species Act and removes the population from listing.
For more information on gray wolf recovery in the Western Great Lakes area, visit the Service’s Midwest Region website at www.fws.gov/midwest/wolf
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