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Federal Court Rules Protections for Michigan Wolves to Remain in Place

LANSING - Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel issued the following statement following a U.S. District Court Northern District of California order that vacates a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's (the Service) rule that removed gray wolves from the list of endangered species: 

"Michigan is proud to be home to approximately 700 gray wolves.  These magnificent animals serve important roles in our Great Lakes ecosystems, and they show us that dedication to family is not unique to humans.  I refused to stand idly by when the federal government tried to use the Great Lakes wolf recovery success story to remove needed Endangered Species Act protections for gray wolves in other states.  The court rightfully ruled in favor of nationwide wolf recovery, and I applaud this development." 

In July, AG Nessel took part in an amicus brief in the Wolf Delisting litigation fighting the Service's decision to remove gray wolves from the list of endangered species, arguing that the Service made this move contrary to the Endangered Species Act and to the detriment of gray wolf populations in other states. 

In a ruling issued Thursday, the Court vacated the entire rule, keeping protections for Michigan wolves in place for now. The order is available on the Department of Attorney General's website