April 20, 2010
Contact: Georgia Parham 812-334-4261 x 1203
Fish and Wildlife Service Invites Comment on Applications for Permits for Wolf Activities in Michigan and Wisconsin
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is seeking comments on applications for permits from the states of Michigan and Wisconsin to conduct research, monitoring and management of gray wolves. The Service published a notice of availability of the permit applications and a draft environmental assessment in the April 20, 2010, Federal Register.
Gray wolves are listed as endangered under the Endangered Species Act, which prohibits take – killing, harming or harassing - listed species. Although wolf populations have met recovery goals for the western Great Lakes States, wolves remain protected by the Endangered Species Act.
The permit applications request authorization to conduct activities including lethal and non-lethal take of wolves that attack livestock and pets. There are approximately 600 wolves in Michigan and a similar number in Wisconsin; Minnesota’s wolf population is estimated at 2,922.
Copies of the permit applications and the draft environmental assessment are available on the Service’s website at http://www.fws.gov/midwest/endangered Comments may be submitted by U. S. Mail to the Regional Director, Attn: Peter Fasbender, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Ecological Services, 1 Federal Drive, Fort Snelling, MN 55111-4056, or by electronic mail to permitsR3ES@fws.gov Deadline for submitting comments is May 19, 2010. The Service expects to make decisions on the applications by June 1, 2010.
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