As of last Friday, wolves in Michigan are no longer a federally protected “endangered species.”
On December 21, 2011 Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar announced in Washington that Gray wolf populations in the Western Great Lakes states of Minnesota, Michigan and Wisconsin have exceeded recovery goals and are stable enough to be removed from the Endangered Species List.
The current populations in each state are:
Minnesota - 2,921 wolves
Wisconsin - 782 wolves
Michigan's Upper Peninsula - 687 wolves
Even though the de-listing announcement was made last December, protection of the species didn’t officially transfer to the states until January 27, 2012.
Today, wolves in Michigan are a state "protected species."
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