delisting http://michiganradio.org en Congress to remove Michigan's gray wolves from endangered species list? http://michiganradio.org/post/congress-remove-michigans-gray-wolves-endangered-species-list <p>At the moment, the federal government manages the gray wolf populations in Michigan, Minnesota and Wisconsin. But federal officials say the wolves in these states are doing great, and <a href="http://www.doi.gov/news/pressreleases/Interior-Announces-Next-Steps-in-Protection-Recovery-and-Scientific-Management-of-Wolves.cfm">they want to hand management over to the states</a>.</p><p>This isn&rsquo;t the first time federal officials have tried to take wolves off the endangered species list. Wolves were delisted in 2007... but that delisting was <a href="http://www.defenders.org/newsroom/press_releases_folder/2008/02_27_2008_eleven_conservation_groups_challenge_federal_wolf_delisting.php">challenged in court</a> by some environmental groups. And wolves were put back on the list.</p><p>Some members of Congress are trying to make sure these kinds of lawsuits don&rsquo;t happen again.</p><p><a href="http://candicemiller.house.gov/">Candice Miller</a> represents Michigan&rsquo;s 10th district. It&rsquo;s in the Thumb. She just introduced a bill that would amend the Endangered Species Act... and remove wolves from the list. Her bill would make it more difficult for anybody to sue over that decision.</p><blockquote><p>&ldquo;You have a number of anti-hunting groups and they constantly tie these decisions up in court. I think this legislation is a huge tool to be used so the courts don&rsquo;t have these things happening.&rdquo;</p></blockquote><p>She says her office has been approached by sportsmen and farmers worried about wolves preying on deer, moose and livestock.</p><p>Michigan&rsquo;s <a href="http://www.michigan.gov/documents/dnr/Draft_Wolf_Management_Plan_030708_227742_7.pdf">wolf management plan</a> does not call for a hunting season for wolves. The state legislature would have to decide that.</p><p> Tue, 17 May 2011 15:03:55 +0000 Rebecca Williams 2531 at http://michiganradio.org Congress to remove Michigan's gray wolves from endangered species list?