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Grey Wolf Off Endangered List

By: Rachele Cermak

According to the report on the first page of the Pioneer Press, on Tuesday, January 30, 2007, the grey wolf was taken off of the endangered species list. Their population has reached over 3,000 in Minnesota. On the first page of the Star Tribune’s Region section it states that of the 33-year history of the list only 16 species populated enough to be removed.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is planning to shift wolf-management control to the state level for Minnesota, Wisconsin and Michigan. According to the Pioneer, American Indian bands will also be allowed to follow through with their own wolf population control plans.

“It shows that the Endangered Species Act works,? said Scott Elkins, state director of the Sierra Club’s North Star Chapter stated in the Pioneer Press article. Elkins and Walter Medwid, executive director of the International Wolf Center in Ely, Minn., both agree that if the wolves were close to extinction once it could happen again if the balance isn’t found on how to manage the wolf population.

The Pioneer states that Minnesota will be split into two zones. In the wooded north of the state if wolves are stalking or killing livestock, property owners could kill them. In the rest of the state wolves may be killed if they’re posing an imminent threat to livestock. Although, a wolf hunting season will not be up for discussing for the next five years. After that point though the DNR may allow it. The desired state minimum wolf population 1,600.