PRESS RELEASE: Wolf Wins! Federal Protections Remain Intact

CONTACT: Dr. Maureen Hackett, Howling For Wolves, 612.250.5915
or Leslie Rosedahl,, 651.353.1818
Statement from Howling For Wolves on Congressional spending agreement
Proposed federal budget does NOT include Great Lakes wolf removal from the Endangered Species Act
(St. Paul, Minn) – Yesterday evening congressional negotiators announced an agreement on their “omnibus” appropriations bill for U.S. government funding through September 30, 2018. This compromise does not include the provisions to congressionally delist/remove the gray wolf from Endangered Species Act protections in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan (the Great Lakes region), and Wyoming. 
Dr. Maureen Hackett, founder and president of Howling For Wolves, a Minnesota-based wolf advocacy organization, responds: 
“Keeping the wolf on the Endangered Species List is the right thing to do for the wolf and for Minnesota. The wolf is vulnerable and the vast majority of Minnesotans value wolves and want them protected for future generations. If the wolf is politically removed from Endangered Species Act protections, it will pave the way for reckless wolf trophy hunting and unleash wolf hate like it has done before. We are relieved to see that delisting the wolf is not part of the Omnibus spending agreement in Congress.”
MEDIA AVAILABILITY: Howling For Wolves Founder and President Dr. Maureen Hackett can be available in person in the Twin Cities or via phone for individual media interviews to highlight: 
  • What this recent federal action means for the gray wolf in Minnesota,
  • Ongoing wolf and wildlife legislation under considerations at the Minnesota State Legislature,
  • The potential of a future state-organized wolf trophy hunt in Minnesota.
Howling For Wolves is a Minnesota-based wolf advocacy organization that educates 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.
March 22, 2018