Gray wolves in the western Great Lakes will remain on the endangered species list. That word from the US Circuit Court of Appeals in Washington, which overturned a previous ruling from US Fish and Wildlife Services. Noah Greenwald with the Center for Biological Diversity told Michigan News Network one of the main faults the court found in the previous ruling is that gray wolves are gone from more than 90% of their range across the country.
“Gray wolves have definitely seen recovery in Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Michigan, but it’s just a small fraction of their historic range, and there are many places in the U.S. where gray wolves can recover and they just haven’t yet.”
In the 1970s, gray wolves were nearly extinct in Michigan, Minnesota and Wisconsin. They now total about 3,500.