Gray Wolf (Canis lupus)
Archived Information -Control of Depredating Wolves in Wisconsin: 2005 to 2006
The Humane Society of the U.S. and others filed suit against the Department of the Interior (DOI) and the Service for issuance of a permit to Wisconsin for use of lethal measures to control wolf depredations. On August 9, 2006 a U.S. District Court judge ruled against DOI and the permit was no longer in effect. DOI began an appeal, but when the Gray Wolf Western Great Lakes Distinct Population Segment was delisted in 2007, the appeal became moot.
May 2006 Endangered Species Permit
Measures to protect pets and livestock from problem wolves in Wisconsin were adopted. The measures, approved by federal and state agencies in consultation with tribes, address wolf depredation control measures using an integrated approach that included lethal and non-lethal measures.
An April 2006 Environmental Assessment was prepared to evaluate a range of options for addressing wolf damage in Wisconsin.
The Environmental Assessment was prepared in response to a Wisconsin DNR application for a permit to "take" (killing, harming) gray wolves for various recovery activities. Gray wolves in Wisconsin are listed as endangered under the Endangered Species Act. Permits authorizing removal of problem wolves are provided for under the ESA when those actions are needed for scientific purposes or to enhance survival of a listed species' population. Allowing removal of problem wolves helps ensure that illegal killing of gray wolves is minimized, and public tolerance of wolves in general is maintained.
completion of the Environmental Assessment the U.S. Fish and Wildlife
Service signed a permit (PDF) that provided
for full implementation of the integrated management program that allowed
control or removal of depredating wolves. The permit was issued to
the State of Wisconsin; control actions were carried out by the State
of Wisconsin and USDA Wildlife Services, acting as an agent for the state.
ENVIRONMENTAL ASSESSMENT of issuing permit to Wisconsin DNR for wolf depredation control (available for public review and comment from March 2 thru April 3, 2006)