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. Under state management, annual trophy hunting and trapping seasons followed in Minnesota and Wisconsin and Michigan held a single season in 2013.
Not only does this relisting reinstate protections to wolves, it also effectively prohibits any further training of hounds to track and trail wolves. That activity had been allowed year-round after a Wisconsin State Appeals Court removed an injunction put in place by a lower court because of concerns about inadequate regulation of the hounds or their owners interactions with wolves.
In the court order Judge Howell ruled that the removal was “arbitrary and capricious” and violates the federal ESA.
Read the Judge’s order here.