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Enviro-Mich message from anne.woiwode@sfsierra.sierraclub.org

I am forwarding this press release from DNR to urge all of us to be aware not
only about wolves in Michigan and the upper mid-west, but of the US F&WS
proposal to delist the wolf from the federal Endangered Species list.  The
public is still awaiting details of how the agency intends to proceed, and
what the details of the process will be.  It appears that the agenda is
still to press for delisting after the first of the year.  Keep your eyes open
for the process -- while it may be a fine idea to delist wolves in Minnesota,
Wisconsin and Michigan, a lot of folks are very nervous about the way it is
being handled.  So while you celebrate the wolf and its successful
recovery in our state, please pay close attention to the USF&WS proposal when
ever it surfaces!  Anne Woiwode

8 OCT 98
CONTACTS:  Eve Rolandson or
                      Theresa Gotschall, 517-373-1263


LANSING--The Michigan Department of Natural Resources is
participating in the eighth annual Midwestern Wolf Awareness Week,
October 18-24, 1998.

"A limited number of a full color poster featuring wolves in an upper
Great Lakes winter landscape is available during Wolf Awareness
Week at District DNR offices," said Eve Rolandson, Natural Heritage
Program Specialist, Wildlife Division.

Rolandson points out, "The poster identifies the significance of the
cooperative management approach taking place to restore wolf
populations in this region.  The effort combines state and federal
agencies, trappers, and other conservation organizations as well as
private individuals working toward a common goal."  Education
continues to play a key role to provide accurate information
concerning wolf biology and their ecological significance.  Wolf
Awareness Week provides an excellent vehicle to highlight
educational opportunities about wolves including teaching materials,
educational kits, and school presentations.

Another important link is the direct contact between outdoors users
and natural resource managers through reports of wolf sightings and
other related information.

Michigan's gray wolf population is estimated at between 140 and 150
animals in some 20 packs.

They are found in every county of the Upper Peninsula.  Biologists
have been placing radio collars on wolves.  Presently, 19 adult wolves
are wearing radio collars.  The information gathered from this
monitoring program will provide better information on their habitat
use and movement.

The posters are provided free of charge by funding from the Nongame
Fish and Wildlife Trust Fund.  Remember to "Look for the Loon" this
tax year and help support our wildlife heritage.  For more information
on other protected species projects, request a copy of the quarterly
newsletter, The Spotting Scope.  Send your name and address to:
Natural Heritage Program, DNR Wildlife Division, PO Box 30180,
Lansing, MI 48909-7680. 

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