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12/22/2011

Gray Wolves in the Western Great Lakes Removed from Endangered Species List

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The gray wolf populations in the Michigan, Minnesota and Wisconsin have exceeded recovery goals and have been removed from the federal Endangered Species List.

There are now more than 4,000 gray wolves in these three states and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will turn over management of wolves to the respective wildlife management agencies in each state. All three states have developed active wolf management plans, which may include hunting seasons beginning as early as fall of 2012.

"Science has been the backbone of every conservation project we have ever conducted," said James Earl Kennamer, Ph.D., the NWTF's chief conservation officer. "Managing wolf populations is no different."

The NWTF supports science-based management of wolves by state agencies when wolves are no longer on the Endangered Species List. The NWTF also supports the various state wildlife management agencies' efforts to provide a sustainable, huntable population of wolves while maintaining healthy, huntable populations of other wildlife.

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