Groups Sue Over Wolf Decision

Gray Wolf, photo courtesy MN DNR http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/
Gray Wolf, photo courtesy MN DNR http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/

Five wildlife protection groups have filed a complaint in Federal District Court challenging the removal of federal Endangered Species Act protections from gray wolves in the Upper Midwest.

The Humane Society of the United States, the Center for Biological Diversity, Help Our Wolves Live, Friends of Animals and Their Environment, and Born Free USA asked the court to issue an immediate injunction on the “de-listing” of wolves, pending resolution of the case.

You can read the groups’ media release HERE, and, from it, click to the court documents the groups filed.

Previously, Wilderness News Online reported on the de-listing of wolves HERE.

In April, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service removed federal protections for the species, in favor of allowing state management.  A previous attempt to turn management of the wolf population over to Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Michigan officials was overturned by the courts.

Some 4000 wolves inhabit Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Michigan, including an estimated 3000 in Minnesota.

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