RMEF Finds Silver Linings in Great Lakes Wolf Ruling

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Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation

MISSOULA, Mont. -(Ammoland.com)- Unlike its decision earlier in 2017 upholding efforts to delist wolves in Wyoming, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia chose not to do the same in the Western Great Lakes states.

“We are disappointed with this latest ruling, but the court wholeheartedly rejected a number of claims by environmental groups regarding wolves and wolf management,” said David Allen, Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation president and CEO. “The court undid a number of roadblocks thus providing a path forward.”

Positive points from the decision:

  • Rejected an environmental group argument that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) did not use the best available science
  • The Endangered Species Act allows the FWS to delist a distinct wolf population segment
  • Supported FWS’s reliance on state management of wolves and other wildlife in the Western Great Lakes states
  • Upheld the FWS’s determination that disease and human mortality do not pose a significant threat to the wolf population
  • There is no permanent barrier to delisting wolves

“This latest ruling came six years after the FWS tried for a third time to delist wolves in the Great Lakes. We call on Congress to approve and pass a legislative fix to halt this non-stop litigation that frustrates successful wildlife management,” said Allen. “These environmental groups continue to use the wolf as a fundraising tool while overlooking and ignoring each state’s approved wildlife management plans.”

As of 2015-16, there is an estimated minimum population of 3,762 wolves in the Great Lakes states. Minnesota’s wolf population is approximately one and a half times above objective. Michigan’s wolf population is more than 200 percent above its state plan and Wisconsin’s wolf population is more than 250 percent above objective.

RMEF recognizes that predators have a proper place on the landscape but that they need to be managed just as elk, deer and other wildlife are managed in accordance with the North American Wildlife Conservation Model.


About the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation:

Founded over 30 years ago, fueled by hunters and a membership of more than 222,000 strong, RMEF has conserved more than 7.1 million acres for elk and other wildlife. RMEF also works to open and improve public access, fund and advocate for science-based resource management, and ensure the future of America’s hunting heritage. Discover why “Hunting Is Conservation” on their website or 800-CALL ELK.

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AR Hunter

It would be nice if the Feds and Courts would take this same position on the feral horse crisis & issues facing sound game management practices. RMEF needs to be a key voice in that issue as well, monitor it, contribute a voice to solutions needed and get sportsmen MUCH more involved in protecting the real wild life and habitats that are being destroyed due to massively over populated feral horse herds. Horse herds on public lands are causing much larger scale damages than wolves at this time. Both issues need solid game management strategies in place that can not… Read more »

JorgeNorberto Pedace

RESULTA DIGNO HACER USO DE TODOS LOS RECURSOS,SIN EXTINGUIRLOS,TENIENDO EN CUENTA QUE CADA INDIVIDUO ESTÁ,PARA CUMPLIR UN ROL DENTRO DE LA NATURALEZA—–( Observemos que pasó en el pasado con el Visonte Americano,especie que resurgió merced,a un inteligente proceso de manejo de esta especie)


It’s BISONTE not Visonte!

It is not the objective to eradicate the wolf, it is the objective to keep their numbers in check so that prey species can also maintain a sustainable population.