August 20, 2004
August 20, 2004-- The Department of the Interior?s Fish & Wildlife Service announced in mid-July that it was proposing the removal of the gray wolf from the list of threatened and endangered species in the Eastern District Population Segment (DPS).
Available data indicated that the gray wolf population was stable or increasing in Minnesota, Wisconsin and Michigan, and exceeded its numerical recovery criteria. The proposed rule removes this DPS from the protections of the Endangered Species Act by ending its threatened classification as well as removing the critical habitat for the gray wolf.
The proposed rule indicated the intent to hold public hearings. In a recently posted Federal Register, nine public sessions were announced. They will be held in Minnesota, Wisconsin and Michigan from Aug. 31 through Sept. 29. Complete details of the meetings can be found on the World Wide Web at: Federal Register