Minnesota's Grey Wolf Losing "Endangered Species" Protection
Friday, January 16, 2009
Wolves in Minnesota and two other Midwest states are set to be removed from the Endangered Species List under a decision by the Bush administration. Groups including the National Humane Society blocked the previous effort to de-list the gray wolf in 2007. This week's action by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to lift federal protection is also likely to face a legal challenge.
In the meantime, the decision is getting approval from an unlikely source - the National Wildlife Federation. Spokesman Marc Smith says the de-listing of the wolf in the Great Lakes states is a success story.
"We feel that the states have done their job and now the feds have followed suit. And so we're very supportive of what the feds have done and we hope this ruling sticks."
Minnesota is home to an estimated 3,000 gray wolves. Wisconsin and Michigan each have about 500. The decision also pertains to the Northern Rockies, where about 1,500 wolves reside.
Smith welcomes the ruling in the Great Lakes region, which allows states to devise their own management plans.
"We really want to see the species back down on a level playing field with all management so that wildlife agencies can manage the population appropriately."
The wolf was placed back on the endangered list after a federal court ruled against the administration's interpretation of the law last fall. The agency then created two separate habitat regions--one in the Great Lakes area and one in the northern Rocky Mountains, where the decision remains more controversial.
get more stories like this via email
Health and Wellness
LEWISBURG, W.Va. -- Political canvassers and organizers in the state are expecting they will continue to struggle with challenges to traditional …
FARGO, N.D. -- In the near future, North Dakota is poised to help resettle 49 Afghan evacuees who fled their home country after the U.S. military …
MCCALL, Idaho -- After the rejection of a developer's proposed land swap near Payette Lake, a coalition of groups wants the state to do the opposite…
Health and Wellness
DENVER -- Colorado's ability to respond to COVID-19 was blunted by decades of disinvestment in critical public services, according to a new report…
GERING, Neb. -- With school back in session, many Nebraska students will be fueled by fresh beef, fruits and vegetables sourced from local farms…
By Abaki Beck for Yes!Media.Broadcast version by Mike Moen for Minnesota News Connection reporting for the YES! Media-Public News Service …
ANNAPOLIS, Md. - Farm bureaus and agricultural leaders of Chesapeake Bay watershed states are pushing the U.S. Department of Agriculture to fund a …
PHOENIX - They are irritating, they are unwanted - and now, robocalls are illegal. Consumer watchdog groups hope a looming deadline will finally …