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Wisconsin urgently needs wolf delisting, says DNRs Stepp

From Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources

-- Wisconsin's support to remove the gray wolf from the federal endangered species list in the upper Great Lakes states and its disagreement with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service conclusion that a newly discovered species, the eastern wolf, exists in the Western Great Lakes as a separate species, has been conveyed in a three-page letter signed by DNR Secretary Cathy Stepp to federal officials.

The letter can be read online at http://dnr.wi.gov/org/caer/ce/news/pdf/Letter_FWS_delisting_9-7-11.pdf.

The reason Wisconsin does not support recent federal two wolf species proposal is because "farmers and dog owners are suffering intolerable losses from depredating wolves,î Stepp said.

"We want to restate our strong disagreement with the USFWS conclusion that a newly discovered species, the eastern wolf, exists in the Western Great Lakes as a separate species or population. The western Great Lakes wolf population is of mixed genetics and should be treated as one population. They behave as a single species and should be delisted as a single species. This approach to delisting, if adopted, makes practical wolf management on the ground nearly impossible. We need a solid and defensible delisting proposal."

For more information contact Bill Cosh at (608) 267-2773.

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