August 13, 2020

By Law No Killing Wolves to Protect Livestock and Pets

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As a brief explanation, once a court ruling ordered wolves in Michigan placed back under federal protection via the Endangered Species Act, there are no provisions to allow the killing of wolves for any reason with the exception of “immediate” threat to human life.

In the Northern Rockies, after wolf (re)introduction, because those populations of wolves were classified as “non essential” and “experimental” (this was accomplished under the 10j section of the Endangered Species Act) wolves could be killed if they were in the act of killing livestock or pets, as well as if a person’s life was in danger.

It should be understood that the court ruling in Michigan that returned wolves to federal protection did not make up this no wolf kill ruling. By default, when wolves were returned to ESA protection, there’s no more killing for any reason except a threat to human life.

To be honest, I’m surprised even that provision exists in this sick and twisted world we are living in.

“A federal court judge has ordered the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to immediately return wolves in the Great Lakes region to the federal endangered species list, making it illegal for Michigan citizens to kill wolves attacking livestock or dogs.

Under endangered species status, wolves may be killed only in the immediate defense of human life.

Two state laws allowing livestock or dog owners to kill wolves in the act of depredation are suspended by the ruling.”<<>>

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