Wolf - Western Great Lakes
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Gray Wolf (Canis lupus)

Archived Information - Control of Depredating Wolves in Wisconsin:

Biological Opinion

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The Service is proposing to issue a section 10(a)(1)(A) permit to the Wisconsin DNR to live-trap wolves for monitoring and research associated with Wisconsin DNR wolf research activities, to harass wolves posing threats to domestic animal or human safety, to lethally take wolves fo depredation abatement purposes, and to euthanize wolves affected by mange or other contagious disease, or injured by vehicle collision or other injuries, throughout Wisconsin.


Section 10(a)(1)(A) permits are not required for activities carried out by qualified employees or agents of State conservation agencies which are party to Cooperative Agreements with the Service, provided such activities are in accordance with the Cooperative Agreement and do not result in lethal take or permanent disablement of listed species, or removal of specimens from the wild for more than 45 days. The Wisconsin DNR has applied for a section 10(a)(1)(A) permit to allow it and its agent, the USDA-APHIS-WS, to conduct activities that would result in lethal take.


Pursuant to section 7(a)(2) of the Act, the Service must ensure that issuance of the permit will not jeopardize the continued existence of the gray wolf. This biological opinion documents the Service's compliance with the section 7(a)(2) mandate and provides a take exemption for any incidental incidental take which may occur provided it complies with the Terms and Conditions contained in the Incidental Take Statement. This biological opinion is based on


1) information provided in the Wisconsin DNR's September 6, 2005 permit application for activities involving the capture, handling, monitoring, harassment and control of wolves,
2) electronic mail messages from the Wisconsin DNR wolf biologist Mr. Adrian Wydeven, providing additional information on current wolf population status,
3) biological information provided by the Wisconsin DNR in annual Wisconsin wolf status and monitoring reports,
4) the Draft Environmental Analysis prepared by USDA-APHIS-WS, in cooperation with the Service, Wisconsin DNR, Lac du Flambeau Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians and Ho-Chunk Nation of Wisconsin to analyze this action, and
5) telephone conversations with Mr. Wydeven. A complete administrative record of this consultation is on file at the Green Bay, Wisconsin, Ecological Services Field Office.


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Last updated: September 12, 2016