In the late part of the summer of 2008, the Red Lake Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Program began activities devoted to locating and determining the number of individual wolves and the number of possible wolf packs utilizing the Red Lake tribal lands of the Diminished Reservation, Ceded Lands, and Northwest Angle. To accomplish this, Wildlife personnel surveyed roads, trails, and other areas on a regular basis throughout the year. In areas that appeared to have relatively high wolf activity, trail cameras were placed to gather more substantial evidence of wolf numbers. During the late summer and early fall, thirty 2.7 mile long surveys were conducted by placing a fatty acid imbedded scent disk in the center of a 3’ diameter circle overnight and any visitors that left tracks were documented (especially wolves). During the winter months, trails and other areas were investigated using snowmobiles or Argos when possible. Because the Great Lakes population of grey wolves has rebounded from when it was considered a danger to livestock and subsequently hunted to almost extinction, they were going to come off of the Endangered Species list in the near future. The end result of this project was the Red Lake Band of Chippewa Indians Gray Wolf Management Plan that was approved by the Tribal Council on September 14, 2010 by Resolution No. 158-10. This plan designated all Red Lake lands a wolf sanctuary and ensured that the tribe responsibly managed the wolves utilizing Red Lake lands once they are officially off the Endangered Species Act and become the responsibility of the Red Lake Band.
The gray wolf population in the Great Lakes Region was removed from the Endangered Species Act in 2012, but put back on the list in December 2014.