“A federal judge has ordered that endangered species protection for gray wolves must immediately be restored in Minnesota, Wisconsin and Michigan. The decision puts an end to controversial hunts in Minnesota and Wisconsin.” D. Kraker, MPR News
Excerpt: Great Lakes wolves returned to endangered list D. Kraker, MPR News
“U.S. District Court Judge Beryl A. Howell returned management of wolves in the western Great Lakes states to the federal government, overturning a 2012 decision by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
The Humane Society of the United States and other animal welfare groups filed the suit last February. They argued Fish and Wildlife’s decision to remove the wolf from endangered species protection threatens the animals’ recovery in the
Great Lakes region.
More than 1,500 wolves have been killed since Minnesota and Wisconsin authorized hunting seasons in 2011, said Jonathan Lovvorn, senior vice president and chief counsel at the Human Society. We are pleased that the court has recognized that the basis for the de-listing decision was flawed, and would stop wolf recovery in its tracks, he added in a statement.
People may kill wolves in self-defense, but not to protect livestock or pets, said Minnesota DNR spokesman Chris Niskanen. Federal workers must be enlisted to kill.”
“We have doomed the wolf not for what it is, but for what we deliberately and mistakenly perceive it to be –the mythologized epitome of a savage ruthless killer – which is, in reality, no more than a reflected image of ourself.”~Farley Mowat,~Never Cry Wolf
- In which states has the order of protection for the wolves been restored?
- Why was this protection order restored?
- How many wolves were killed in 2011?
- Which group of people are now in charge of managing the wolves in the western Great Lakes states?
- Under the law when are people allowed to kill wolves?