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2 States, Feds Fight Renewed Legal Protection for Great Lakes Wolves

posted Apr 2, 2015, 11:55 PM by chloe owens

2/27/15, by Associated Press, Chicago Tribune

2 states, feds fight renewed legal protection for Great Lakes wolves

The Obama administration and two states have given notice of plans to appeal a federal judge’s order that restored legal protection to gray wolves in the western Great Lakes region.  Michigan filed an appeal document Friday with the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Washington, D.C., a day after Wisconsin did so…In a December ruling, U.S. District Judge Beryl Howell said the three states’ management plans [MI, WI, MN] – which allow sport hunting and, in Minnesota and Wisconsin, trapping of wolves – don’t provide enough protection.  She noted the predator species has not come close to repopulating its historic range.  The Endangered Species Act “offers the broadest possiblel protectins for endangered species by design,” Howell wrote.  “This law reflects the commitment by the United States to act as a responsible steward of the Earth’s wildlife…”