Red Cliff Band designates entire reservation as a wolf sanctuary

A gray wolf. Photo from Keep Michigan Wolves Protected

The Red Cliff Band of Lake Superior Chippewa in Wisconsin has declared its entire reservation as a wolf sanctuary in recognition of the animal's importance in Ojibwe culture.

The tribe adopted a protection plan in response to threats facing the wolf, considered the brother of man. Public hunts have been authorized in Wisconsin, Michigan and Minnesota and the animal the subject of a politically sensitive Endangered Species Act dispute in a number of states.

"Due to the cultural significance of ma’iingan to the Ojibwe, the Red Cliff Band of Lake Superior Chippewa view ma’iingan as a tribally important species and officially declared wolves a protected species within the exterior boundary of the Red Cliff reservation," the protection plan states. "Hunting or trapping of wolves is prohibited."

The tribe plans to work with state and federal agencies to set a six-mile buffer zone around the reservation where the animal will not be hunted or trapped.

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