Federal Officials Reject Wolf Petition From AdvocatesFederal wildlife officials have rejected a petition from advocates who sought to reclassify gray wolves as a threatened species in most of the U.S. Gray wolves across most of the Lower 48 are classified as endangered, which is more protective than a threatened designation.
USDA, Minnesota Agree To Provide $220K For Wolf ControlThe U.S. Department of Agriculture and the state of Minnesota have agreed on a plan to provide $220,000 to control gray wolves that prey on livestock. The announcement came Wednesday from U.S. Rep. Collin Peterson. The Minnesota Democrat calls it welcome news for farmers and ranchers who haven't been allowed to shoot or trap wolves that threaten their livestock since a federal judge in December put wolves in Minnesota, Wisconsin and Michigan back on the endangered list.
Scientists: 2 Mainland Wolves Made Jaunt To Isle Royale ParkTwo gray wolves recently traversed the frozen Lake Superior surface from Canada to Isle Royale National Park, scientists said Tuesday, but the animals stayed only five days — dashing hopes that ice bridges would induce migrants from the mainland to replenish the island's lagging wolf population.
2 states, US Appealing Judge's Ruling On Great Lakes WolvesMichigan is joining the federal government in appealing a decision that restores legal protections for gray wolves in the western Great Lakes region.
Feds Restore Protected Status For Great Lakes WolvesGray wolves in the western Great Lakes region are protected by federal law once more. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is publishing a rule Friday designating wolves in Michigan and Wisconsin as "endangered" and those in Minnesota as "threatened."
Bills Would Drop Federal Protections For Wolves In 4 StatesGray wolves in Wyoming and three Great Lakes states would lose court-ordered protection under legislation proposed in Congress, the latest offensive in a 12-year battle over whether the predator species is secure enough to allow hunting and trapping or should retain its federal shield.
Dayton Unsure of Minnesota's Next Step On Wolf HuntingGov. Mark Dayton is consulting with his Department of Natural Resources chief on how the state should respond to a federal ruling that outlaws hunting of gray wolves.
Experts Say Great Lakes Wolves Aren't EndangeredA group of wolf experts disputes that gray wolves in Minnesota, Wisconsin and Michigan are endangered or that a judge's ruling will help the population spread to other states. A federal judge in Washington on Friday threw out the Obama administration's decision to remove gray wolves in the three states from the endangered list, a move that bans wolf hunting and trapping in the region.
Panel Says Federal Wolf Plan Used Unproven ScienceA proposal to lift federal protections for gray wolves across most of the U.S. suffered a significant setback Friday as an independent review panel said the government is relying on unsettled science to make its case. Federal wildlife officials want to remove the animals from the endangered species list across the Lower 48 states, except for a small population in the Southwest. The five-member U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service peer review panel was tasked with reviewing the government's claim that the Northeast and Midwest were home to a separate species, the eastern wolf.
Minn. Says Wolf Population Falls To 2,211 Wildlife managers say Minnesota's wolf population has fallen by about 700 animals over the past five years to around 2,200.
Draft Rule Ends Protections For Gray WolvesFederal wildlife officials have drafted plans to lift protections for gray wolves across the Lower 48 states, which would end a decades-long effort that has restored the animals but only in parts of their historic range.
Federal Jury Convicts Man In Illegal Wolf KillingA Minnesota man has been convicted of violating the Endangered Species Act and lying to a federal official in connection with the 2010 killing of two gray wolves — a threatened species at the time.