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Federal Protections Restored for Great Lakes Wolves

Breaking News! Federal judge Beryl A. Howell overturned decision to remove Endangered Species Act (ESA) protections from gray wolves in the western Great Lakes states! The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service removed federal protections from wolves in the states of Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Michigan in 2012 and under state management, annual hunting and trapping seasons followed (only in 2013 for Michigan).

In the court order the Judge Howell ruled that the removal was “arbitrary and capricious” and violates the federal ESA.

Big thanks to The Humane Society of the United States and the coalition of wildlife protection groups that made this happen!

Learn more here.

Read the Judge’s order here.