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September 22, 2011
Wisconsin DNR Calls For Great Lakes Wolves to Be Delisted - 2
by John Burgman
As wolf hunts in the West continue, the Wisconsin DNR is making a push to delist wolves in the Great Lakes region as well.
"Farmers and dog owners are suffering intolerable losses from depredating wolves," said Stepp "We want to restate our strong disagreement with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service conclusion that a newly discovered species, the eastern wolf, exists in the Western Great Lakes as a separate species or population."
According to Stepp, Wisconsin has nearly 800 wolves. Minnesota has more than 1,000 wolves and Michigan has more than 500 wolves.
"Wolf numbers far exceed the federal delisting recovery goal of 100 wolves for both Wisconsin and Michigan, and are causing real problems," she said.
Technical changes in the status of wolves were made on a case-by-case basis, and debated ad nauseam. Not surprisingly, the ruling rubbed some Midwesterners the wrong way. Many people in the Midwest (some hunters among them) believe the Great Lakes wolf population should be delisted, especially considering that it is larger than the wolf population in the West.