Feds Pledge to Delist Eastern Wolves in 2011

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It appears the Great Lakes area may see wolves removed from the endangered species list in 2011. Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Upper Peninsula of Michigan have nearly 4000 wolves and Minnesota has recently been pushing the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to take action to reduce the wolf population.

According to the Duluth News Tribune, 2011 may see wolves delisted in the Great Lakes region.

U.S. Interior Department officials have pledged to members of Congress that the eastern timber wolf will be removed from the endangered species list sometime in 2011, though the move would still face legal scrutiny. The pledge went to U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar on Thursday after she and other members of Minnesota’s congressional delegation had been pressuring the Interior Department to take action.


jim boyd's picture

Man, that is a wicked and

Man, that is a wicked and spooky looking dog!

Delisting them - does this mean they can be hunted - as part of a regulated season - or could they just be shot on sight like we do coyotes?

I would think that the states would want the revenue from the hunting of them - much like mountain lions in the west.

I did not even know these midwest states had these wolves and with numbers of nearly 4000 in this area, I can see where they might make an negative impact on deer and possibly even cattle - I am sure they can be a very prolific hunter.

I guess it goes back to who would or would not pay to hunt them... here in the south, Coyote hunting has become a great second or third season hunting pursuit, with some folks spending a lot of time and effort into it.

I can see that eventually, coyote rights could possibly be leased on a property just like deer, turkey and hog rights are leased out now - and probably in the not too distant future.

Back twenty years ago, no one paid for hog rights, but the sport has exploded and now, it is very common for someone to lease land just to hunt these porkers.

Turkey hunting rights have long been paid and some folks are paying a premium, but bird hunters are denerally a little off keel anyway... speaking of bird hunters, look what they will pay to sit a dove field... some of these hunts in the south are wildly popular - and heck, we have not even started to talk about quail yet... they will spend $300 or more just to spend an afternoon and shoot 12 pen raised birds (because, old Wile-Y coyote has just about eaten all of our quail).

Yes, I can see coyote rights on leased land and back to the main topic, I can also see wolf hunting generating some good revenue!

Ca_Vermonster's picture

With all this talk out west,

With all this talk out west, with all the states getting on the delisting bandwagon, it would be funny to see the eastern wolf be the first one delisted.

I have read lots about the wolves in Minnesota and Michigan, and I know that the people up there would not be opposed to this measure... Wink