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Federal court decision relists gray wolves in western Great Lakes region as endangered species

By Central Office December 19, 2014

Contact(s): Bill Cosh, DNR communications, 608- 267-2773

Gray Wolf delisted as endangered speciesGray Wolf delisted as endangered species

MADISON - In response to a lawsuit brought against the United States Fish and Wildlife Service, the Federal District Court for the District of Columbia has vacated a 2012 decision, which delisted wolves as an endangered species.

This decision returns wolves in the Great Lakes Region, including Wisconsin, to the Federal Endangered Species List.

Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources and Department of Justice legal staff are reviewing the decision to determine how it will impact Wisconsin's wolf management program. Further information will be available following this review.

Immediate implications of this ruling include the following:

While the department is disappointed by this decision, we will continue to support USFWS and their original decision to delist and remain confident in the State of Wisconsin's ability to manage our wolf population.

Last Revised: Friday, December 19, 2014

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