WOLF POSITION IN THE 1854 TREATY AREA
Effective December 19, 2014, individuals can no longer legally kill a wolf except in the defense of human life.
A federal judges' decision to immediately reinstate Endangered Species Act protections for gray wolves in Minnesota, Wisconsin and Michigan place the animals under protection of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
Wolves now revert to the federal protection status they had prior to being removed from the endangered species list in the Great Lakes region in January 2012. That means wolves now are federally classified as threatened in Minnesota and endangered elsewhere in the Great Lakes region.
This means that a person may take a gray wolf in Minnesota in defense of his/her own life or the lives of others. Any other taking, including the taking of wolves depredating on domestic animals, has to be done by U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) agents, Minnesota Department of Natural Resource (MDNR) employees, or their designated agents.
If you have any questions, please contact an 1854 Conservation Officer.
2014 reports - now available