Six Wisconsin County wildlife and natural resources agencies have announced plans to work together to prevent an endangered species being removed from their communities.
In the weeks leading up to the presidential election, conservationists in Wisconsin have been concerned about the potential for President Donald Trump to remove the Great Horned Owl from the endangered species list.
Wisconsin’s Department of Natural Resources announced Monday that it would not take action against a wildlife rehabilitation center that is located in the town of Rolfes, in northeastern Wisconsin, the second-largest city in the state.
A wildlife rehabilitation facility is a type of community-based rehabilitation center.
They are located in rural areas to address population decline, chronic diseases and other problems, including habitat loss and environmental damage.
In March, a judge granted a preliminary injunction preventing the facility from removing the owl, which is listed as endangered by the federal government.
The center will continue to operate and has a small staff of about 10 people.
It will continue collecting owls, including the adult male, and will be responsible for educating people about their importance to the wildlife community.
The facility’s goal is to eventually release the owl to the wild, but it will take several years to do so.
Rolfes is not the only area of Wisconsin where wildlife rehabilitation centers are operating.
In December, the National Park Service announced it was taking steps in response to the Trump administration’s plans to remove wildlife.
The National Park Conservation Association, a wildlife-related advocacy group, said the agency was taking measures to ensure that the owl can continue to be rehabilitated and reintroduced to the area.
The conservation group also called for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to investigate whether any of the endangered wildlife listed by the Endangered Species Act could be removed from federal protection under the Endanger Wildlife Act.