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Wisconsin DNR Statement Regarding USFWS Wolf Recovery Plan

MADISON, Wis. – The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is aware of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s (USFWS) proposal, announced today, to focus on a national wolf recovery plan. This announcement will result in no change to the listing status and wolves in Wisconsin will remain on the federal endangered species list.

The DNR will continue to follow the guidance laid out in the recently approved Wolf Management Plan to the extent consistent with the listed status, the DNR’s authority and applicable laws.

The Wolf Management Plan details how the listed status of wolves in Wisconsin determines what management tools are available. As a reminder, while the wolf is on the endangered species list, hunting and lethal depredation control are prohibited.

The DNR will continue to partner with USDA-Wildlife Services to address wolf conflicts in Wisconsin. If you suspect wolves in the depredation of livestock, pets or hunting dogs, or if wolves are exhibiting threatening or dangerous behavior, contact USDA-Wildlife Services staff immediately. If in northern Wisconsin, call 1-800-228-1368 or 715-369-5221; in southern Wisconsin, call 1-800-433-0663 or 920-324-4514. While gray wolves are listed as a federally endangered species, it remains unlawful to shoot a wolf unless there is an immediate threat to human safety.

For more on wolves in Wisconsin, visit the DNR website for additional information on wolf management and wolf conflict abatement.