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Archived Information -Control of Depredating Wolves in Wisconsin

MAY 2006

Set of Findings: Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources Wolf Depredation Permit (TE111360)

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The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (WDNR) submitted an application for a permit to take gray wolves in order to conduct various recovery activities for the species. A notice of the application was published in the Federal Register on September 14, 2005. That notice opened a 30-day comment period on the application. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) requested written comments on the permit application by October 14, 2005. On March 2, 2006, a draft Environmental Assessment (EA) developed by Wildlife Services (WS), a program of the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, in cooperation with the USFWS, and WDNR, was available for public review and comment. The Great Lakes Indian Fish and Wildlife Commission (GLIFWC), the Ho-Chunk Nation, and the Lac Du Flambeau Tribe of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians were consulting agencies in the production of the EA. The draft EA examined a range of options for addressing the problem of wolf damage in Wisconsin, including a preferred alternative that would allow control of wolves that kill or attack livestock and pets. Under this alternative, an integrated management program would provide for a permit allowing removal of depredating wolves. There were 56 letters received during the comment period which closed on April 3, 2006. This memorandum constitutes a Set of Findings for processing the application and describes the Service’s rationale for making its recommendation to issue a Section 10(a)(1)(A) permit to the applicant. This set of findings is organized, first by the requirements of section 10 of the Endangered Species Act; second by the proposed action and response to comments from the EA; and finally by the issuance criteria of 50 CFR 17.22 (a)(2). Much of the summary information used in this document is described in detail in the Environmental Assessment and Biological Opinion.


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