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Monday, January 29 • 2:20pm - 2:40pm
CARNIVORES: Recommendations for the Update of the Bad River Band Ma'iingan Plan

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AUTHORS. Abigail Fergus, Alma College

ABSTRACT. Ma’iingan (Canis lupus) management plans change with time to match new scientific findings, policy, and cultural needs. The Bad River Band reservation is located in northern Wisconsin on Lake Superior and provides habitat for four Ma’iingan packs. Anishinaabe Indians such as the Bad River Band revere Ma’iingan as a brother and believe that whatever happens to Ma’iingan will also happen to Anishinaabeg. In 2013, the Bad River Band published its first Ma’iingan management plan, which calls for an update every five years. Interviews were conducted with local wolf biologists, non-tribal livestock owners, and tribal members in order to collect political, cultural, and scientific considerations for the plan’s update. Political, cultural, and scientific literature was also reviewed for the formulation of recommendations. I propose changes in order to better insure the legal protection of Ma’iingan. I also address developing issues related to Ma’iingan such as the spread of Chronic Wasting Disease and the review of the Endangered Species Act. These changes will be considered by the Bad River Band wildlife specialist and tribal council for the 2018 management plan. 

Monday January 29, 2018 2:20pm - 2:40pm CST