I was a member of the DNR Wolf Management Roundtable, which crafted the core of the current DNR Wolf Management Pan. These questions were at the heart of most of our recommendations. Since you asked for information, I will not post my opinions regarding de-listing in the Great Lakes (and I am in the following talking only about Michigan).
The removal will have very little impact on wolf populations. It may have significant effects on wolf individuals. Wolves will still be protected, non-game species. What de-listing will allow is lethal take by the DNR of "problem" wolves (those who are killing livestock, etc). It will also allow individuals to kill wolves when they are in teh act of taking livestock. While the DNR may perhaps use trapping to take the problem individual wolves, citizens may not.
Wolf numbers are expected to continue to climb until full habitat density is reached. While there will be no active intent to attract wolves to the lower peninsula, if they disperse there they will be protected as well.
DNR personnel have been very serious about protection and restoration of wolves, and I would expect no change in that, nor any change in their diligence in prosecuting poachers.
On Mar 13, 2009, at 9:02 PM, Doug Welker wrote:
I'm quite unclear on the impact of delisting of the gray wolf in Michigan. There is still some state protection.
Could someone please tell me and other enviro-mich types, in a very matter-of-fact, succinct way, how wolf management in MI will change due to the delisting? In particular, how will it impact the state's enthusiasm for prosecuting wolf poaching cases, how will it impact farmers whose livestock are killed by wolves, will private individuals be able to shoot or trap wolves under any circumstances, and so on. I'm sure all this info is out there somewhere, but maybe someone very familiar with the issue can save us the trouble of each having to search it out.
My enthusiasm for opposing the delisting in Michigan is currently rather limited because I don't really know what delisting will do. I know that in parts of the northern Rockies, the impact may be severe.
On Fri, Mar 13, 2009 at 3:39 PM, <firstname.lastname@example.org>
I haven't seen an EM posting yet but word from DC earlier this week alerted Michiganders that new Interior Secretary Salazar rejected continuing endangered species status for the grey wolf for the northern Rockies AND the Great Lakes region. Many national wildlife/conservation organizations such as Natural Resource Defense Fund, Defenders of Wildlife,etal, have been posting alerts and info all week so you can readily access details from their websites. .
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