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RMEF Calls for Delisting of Growing Great Lakes Wolf Population

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The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) detected an estimated minimum wolf population of 925-956 wolves during 2016-2017, representing a 6.8 percent increase from 2015-2016. In light of the Great Lakes wolf population numbering well above original recovery goals, the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation calls for delisting and/or Congressional action to allow state agencies the authority to manage wolves as they manage all other wildlife.

WI Wolf
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Great Lakes Recovery Plan

The Great Lakes recovery plan originally identified 1,250 to 1,400 as a population goal for Minnesota and a combined population of 100 in Wisconsin and Michigan. The latest count indicates a minimum population of 2,278 in Minnesota, 925-956 in Wisconsin and 618 in Michigan.

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Great Lakes Latest Count

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Wisconsin
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Michigan
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Wolf numbers and distribution in the Western Great Lakes have exceeded the population criteria identified in the recovery plan continuously since at least 2001.

RMEF remains a staunch advocate of state-based wildlife management in line with the North American Wildlife Conservation Model.

The Service delisted the Western Great Lakes DPS because it supports a robust, self-sustaining wolf.