State, Federal Leaders to Meet to Discuss Delisting of Gray Wolf

The final rule to take the gray wolf off the list of threatened and endangered species takes effect Monday, and state and federal leaders are scheduled to take up the topic in Western Wisconsin.

DNR Secretary Scott Hassett and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services leaders will take a wolf spotting flight from Siren to Ashland Monday.

The group is then scheduled to discuss the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service delisting and transferring wolf management in Wisconsin to a state management plan.

The DNR says removing the gray wolf from the list will give the state more liberal and flexible controls on problem wolves for government trappers and landowners.