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Delisting Wolves: Are the Western Great Lake States Ready?

December 2008

Citation: 37 ELR 10863

Issue: 12

Author: Edward Fitzgerald

Editors' Summary: The recent ESA delisting of gray wolves in the Western Great Lakes region has challenged the states in that region to develop wolf management plans to protect the species. Michigan, Minnesota, and Wisconsin are at the forefront of efforts to develop comprehensive wolf conservation plans. In this Article, Edward Fitzgerald discusses the case of the gray wolf and its delisting in this region. He begins with a history of gray wolf protection, then examines the delisting and the development of wolf management plans in the region. He concludes with an analysis of the wolf management plans themselves, identifying their funding sources as well as other challenges the states face in implementing their plans.

The author is a Professor of Political Science at Wright State University.

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