Wolf - Western Great Lakes
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Gray Wolf (Canis lupus)
News Release

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Releases Post-Delisting Monitoring Plan for Gray Wolves in Western Great Lakes States


Phil Delphey, 612-725-3548, x2206
Georgia Parham, 812-334-4261, x203


Recently recovered gray wolves in the Western Great Lakes region will be monitored for at least five years additional years, under a final plan released by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.  Monitoring will be done by states and tribes in Minnesota, Michigan and Wisconsin to ensure this population continues to thrive after being removed from the federal list of endangered and threatened species.


Gray wolves in the Western Great Lakes were removed from the list of endangered and threatened species on March 12, 2007.  The Endangered Species Act requires that any species that recovers and is removed from the list is monitored for at least five years,  This is one safeguard to ensure the recovered species remains secure after protection of the ESA is removed.


In general post-delisting monitoring plans call for review and evaluation of the species’ population, threats to the species, and introduction of any legal or management measures that may reduce threats or maintain them at low levels.


Monitoring efforts for gray wolves in the Western Great Lakes will take place within the borders of Minnesota, Wisconsin, and the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.  These areas constitute the core wolf recovery areas within the Western Great Lakes Distinct Population Segment. Wolf populations in this area have reached the numbers called for in the 1992 Recovery Plan for the Eastern Timber Wolf. 


The Michigan, Minnesota, and Wisconsin Departments of Natural Resources have developed plans to guide future wolf management actions. Protection of wolves, control of livestock depredation, consideration of future public hunting and trapping, as well as maintenance of the long-term health of the wolf population is now the primary responsibility of the states or tribes in the DPS.


The Service may immediately relist a species on an emergency basis, if monitoring or other data collected during this five-year monitoring period show that is necessary to prevent a significant risk to the well being of Midwestern wolves in the DPS.


The plan is available online at:  http://midwest.fws.gov/wolf/pdm


You can also receive a copy by writing to U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Twin Cities Ecological Services Field Office, Gray Wolf PDM, 4101 East 80th Street, Bloomington, MN 55425.


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Last updated: September 12, 2016