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Experts say Great Lakes Wolves aren’t Endangered

posted Jan 18, 2015, 2:32 PM by chloe owens

12/22/14, by Steve Karnowski, Detroit Free Press

Experts say Great Lakes wolves aren’t endangered

In a conference call organized by the International Wolf Center in Ely, regional wolf experts including David Mech of the US Geological Survey in Minnesota, who’s vice chair of the center, said hunting and trapping as it was regulated by the three states did not threaten the species’ survival.  The ruling means the wolf population probably will grow some in Wisconsin, said Dick Thiel a retired wolf biologist formerly with the Wisconsin Dept. of Natural Resources.  He predicted less expansion in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula because there isn’t room for many more wolves there.  Wolves might migrate from Minnesota and repopulate parts of North Dakota and South Dakota if the protections remain in place, but not other states, Mech said.