Killing of wolves now illegal after Dec. 19 court ruling
Effective immediately, wolves in Minnesota can only be killed in defense of human life.
Only agents of the government are authorized to take wolves if pets or livestock are threatened, attacked or killed.
Protect all evidence and report depredation incidents to a DNR conservation officer. Use the Conservation Officer Locator and leave a recorded message 24/7.
A federal judge's 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.