Gray Wolves Delisted in Western Great Lakes Distinct Population Segment
Due to a Federal court decision, wolves in the western Great Lakes area (including Michigan, Minnesota, and Wisconsin) were relisted under the Endangered Species Act, effective December 19, 2014.
February 2013 - Litigation on 2011 Wolf Delisting (Western Great Lakes DPS)
December 28, 2011 - Final Rule to Delist
The Final Rule to remove Endangered Species Act protection for gray wolves in the Western Great Lakes Distinct Population Segment (DPS) was published in the Federal Register on December 28, 2011. The Rule will take effect 30 days after publication in the Federal Register - January 27, 2012. This rule provides the Service’s final decision on a proposal that was published in the Federal Register on May 5, 2011.
The Service made two substantive changes from the May 2011 proposal. First, the Service is separating a decision on whether to delist the Western Great Lakes DPS from a decision on whether to delist all or portions of the 29 eastern states considered to be outside the historical range of the gray wolf. This rule finalizes the Service’s decision for the Western Great Lakes DPS. A subsequent decision will be made for the rest of the eastern United States. Secondly, the Service is not changing its recognition of the taxonomy of wolves in the Western Great Lakes. In this final rule, the Service considers all wolves in the Western Great Lakes DPS to be gray wolves (Canis lupus) and are delisting them as such.
Gray Wolf Information