PRESS RELEASE: HFW Celebrates Federal Appeals Court Ruling


CONTACT: Dr. Maureen Hackett, Howling For Wolves, 612.250.5915

Howling For Wolves celebrates federal appeals court ruling that keeps the wolf on the Endangered Species List in the Great Lakes

(St. Paul, Minn) – This morning the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia affirmed that the gray wolf in the Great Lakes should remain on the federal Endangered Species List. The court said “Because the government failed to reasonably analyze or consider two significant aspects of the rule—the impacts of partial delisting and of historical range loss on the already-listed species—we affirm the judgment of the district court vacating the 2011 Rule.” Essentially, the federal appeals court has ruled against the Interior Department’s 2011 decision to delist the gray wolf under the Endangered Species Act.

Howling For Wolves Founder and President Maureen Hackett, MD released the following statement:

“This decision re-affirms what we know:  the wolf is a vulnerable and valuable species and needs federal protections for their long-term survival. The wolf is an important part of our state and nation’s ecology and culture. We have known all along that wolf hunting recklessly endangers this valuable asset.

Here in Minnesota, we are very pleased with recent funding approved by the state legislature to reimburse farmers for nonlethal methods to deter livestock conflicts. We are on the right track for recovering the wolf’s genetic diversity that will keep them in existence for future generations in Minnesota and for the world – let’s keep it going.”


Howling For Wolves is a Minnesota-based wolf advocacy organization that formed in 2012 to educate the public about the wild wolf to foster tolerance and to ensure the wolf’s long-term survival. Howling For Wolves opposes recreational wolf hunting and trapping and all wildlife snaring. We currently support the continuation of federal protections for the wolf by the Endangered Species Act.

P.S. Listen to Dr. Maureen Hackett discussing this bill in a radio interview at AM 1500ESPN.


August 1, 2017