The Department of Natural Resources and Environment has petitioned the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for authority to use lethal methods to control problem wolves.
"The grey wolf has been fully recovered in Michigan, and the state has demonstrated its ability to wisely manage this species," said DNRE Wildlife Division Chief Russ Mason. "We are in the position to make informed, wise decisions in handling individual animals that are causing depredation.
"While it may appear that trapping and relocating problem animals is a solution, research and practice have shown this alternative to be less humane and effective in addressing depredation," Mason added. "The state is seeking to restore its full authority in addressing wolf depredation, and we strongly encourage the USFWS to move forward with delisting this recovered species."
The USFWS has published a public notice of the DNRE's permit in application and will accept public comments on it through May 20. Citizens who wish to comment may do so by writing:
Attn: Peter Fasbender
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Ecological Services
1 Federal Drive
Fort Snelling, MN 5111-4056
or by email at permits.R3ES@fws.gov.
We invite public comment on the following permit applications for certain activties with end species authorized by section 10(a) (1) (A) of the Act...
The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources and the Michigan Department of Natural Resources have each applied for a Federal Fish and Wildlife Permit, as described :
Both states request lethal take authority to abate damages to livestock and pets that result from wolves, and demonstrate the efficacy of control techniques through research since the applicants' ability to control them was negated by the recent relisting of wolves in the Great Lakes states.
Before including your address, phone number, e-mail address, or other personal identifying information in your comment, you should be aware that your entire comment--including your personal identifying information--may be made publicly available at any time.
or directly from the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR)
The Wisconsin DNR is requesting a special section 10 permit from the US Fish and Wildlife Service to allow DNR to do lethal and nonlethal controls on depredating wolves while wolves continue to be listed as endangered. As outlined in the Federal Register Notice, the permit will allow the DNR to "take" the gray wolf throughout Wisconsin for research, monitoring, and depredation abatement activities. The take would involve both lethal and non-lethal control for wolves involved in depredating livestock, livestock guard animals, and pets.
The US Fish and Wildlife Service is inviting public comments on the permit application. Comments must be received on or before May 20, 2010. Download the entire Federal Register Notice for more details and contact information.