I picked this up from the U. S. Sportsman Alliance Bulleyes Blog. It's kind of interesting read, sounds like the fed's are trying to make an end run around delisting the wolves in Michigan, Wisconsin, and Minnesota.
A Trick Deal on Wolves?
Friday, April 22, 2011 2:27:54 PM
By Bill Horn, Director of Federal Affairs
For more than five years, the USSA has been fighting to remove the recovered wolf population in Michigan, Minnesota, and Wisconsin from the federal endangered species list. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service tried to “delist” these wolves in 2007 but was stymied by a federal judge in Washington, DC in 2008-09.
Last year we kept up the pressure by filing a new petition to delist the wolves. The Service responded that it would grant the petition and declare the wolves recovered. We expected formal action this spring.
Last week the Service announced its plans with a classic “give with one hand and take with the other” ploy. The agency did declare gray wolves (Canis lupus) in the three states “recovered” and that a proposed delisting rule would be out shortly. But they also declared the “discovery” of an entirely new wolf species – the Eastern gray wolf (Canis lycaon). However the problem is, no one knows the population numbers or range of this new species, if it’s distinguishable from Canis lupus, or if delisting lupus (and returning management to the states) will impact lycaon.