Howell, in D.C., reinstates protections
in Michigan, Minnesota and Wisconsin
In a news release, the Humane Society said that in her opinion, U.S. District Judge Beryl Howell "chided the USFWS for failing to explain why it ignored the potential for further recovery of wolves into areas of its historic range that remain viable habitat for the species. The court also noted that the USFWS has failed to explain how the “virtually unregulated” killing of wolves by states in the Great Lakes region does not constitute a continued threat to the species."
HSUS complaint ♦ Final rule delisting Great Lakes wolf (12/28/11) ♦ FWS Western Gray Lakes gray wolf page ♦ ECOS page ♦ CBD page ♦ "Policy Issues Regarding Wolves in the Great Lakes Region" ♦ Dateline Minnesota ♦ AP (in Detroit News) ♦ Selected court documents: FWS brief ♦ HSUS brief ♦ Minnesota brief ♦ Minn. 2012 wolf rules ♦ HSUS opp. to AFWA amicus request ♦ Declaration of Edward K. Boggess
ST. PAUL, Minn. — State officials say Minnesotans can no longer kill wolves unless their lives are in danger.
The change was brought about by a federal judge's ruling Friday effectively restoring gray wolves to the endangered species list in Great Lakes states.
Department of Natural Resources spokesman Chris Niskanen says that means farmers and ranchers concerned about wolves preying on cattle can't kill the wolves themselves. Instead, they should call conservation officers.
U.S. District Judge Beryl Howell's decision could also halt Minnesota's wolf hunting and trapping seasons. But Niskanen says the federal government's stance could change again before the state sets its wolf hunting season next summer.