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Scientists Call For Continuing Great Lakes Wolf Protections

posted Feb 2, 2016, 12:19 AM by chloe owens

11/24/15, by John Flesher, CBS Detroit

Scientists Call For Continuing Great Lakes Wolf Protections

Gray wolves in the western Great Lakes region should not yet be removed from the federal endangered species list, a group of scientists and scholars said Tuesday, disagreeing with colleagues who said the population has rebounded sufficiently. Lifting government protection from wolves…could be justified if and when the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service “uses the best available science that justifies delisting,” 29 scientists from the U.S. and several other nations said in an open letter. “Currently it does not.” The scientists said they were responding to 26 colleagues who sent a letter last week to U.S. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell saying it was time for wolves to lose their endangered status in the western Great Lakes…In their rebuttal, the second group of scientists said public tolerance of wolves has risen substantially since they were given protection and suggestions that patience is wearing thin are spread by “special interest groups that are vocal, but small in number.”...”Quite simply, wolves still fit the legal definition of endangerment…”