July was an exciting month for the Wolf - by Maria Ferguson
In the early 1970’s the Grey Wolf was placed on the Endangered Species list. There was less than 500 Wolves in the wild in the lower 48 US States.
On Friday, July 16, 2004, Secretary of the Interior, Gale Norton announced that the Wolf would be removed from Federal Protection under the Endangered Species Act from Maine west to the Dakotas. The Wolf, however, will remain threatened in the West and endangered in the South. The number of Wolves has been revived in the upper Midwest. There are 360 Wolves in Michigan, 373 in Wisconsin and 2,445 in Minnesota.
There will be a 120-day public comment period before the actual declassification will actually happen. Environmental groups are expected to file law suits in hopes of keeping the Wolf on the list, which could delay the delisting for as much as one year. Once the delisting takes place, state governments will enforce Grey Wolf Management. Minnesota has adopted a legislative bill for Wolf recovery. Wisconsin is still working on a plan. For the first five years the Federal Government will oversee the state’s plans to make sure that the Wolf is thriving.
Please use this fill in form for questions or comments for the Secretary of Interior regarding the Delisting of the Grey Wolf.