Feds Plan to Remove Great Lakes Wolf Designation

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) -- The federal government plans another attempt to remove gray wolves in the Great Lakes region from the endangered species list.

Thomas Strickland, an assistant secretary of the U.S. Department of the Interior, says the department will release a proposal by April and hopes to make a final decision by the end of 2011.

Biologists say the wolf has made a strong comeback from near-extinction in Michigan, Minnesota and Wisconsin.

The government has tried three times in the past seven years to remove federal protections and return management of the region's wolves to the states -- most recently in 2009. But federal courts have overruled the decisions in response to lawsuits by environmentalists and animal rights groups.

Officials say they believe the new plan will withstand court challenges.


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  • by Mary Location: Jackson on Dec 11, 2010 at 01:16 PM
    Why is our country so bent on eliminating wildlife? If we remove the laws protecting the wolves, they will once again be hunted pointlessly by people who think they're a nuisance. Our country's natural predators exist for a reason and that is to keep order. The killing of wolves, coyotes, wild cats, etc makes prey animal populations explode, thusly causing animal disease outbreaks. The laws were put in place for a reason and that was to keep humans from acting stupidly and destructively. They should never be removed from the endangered list, because they will always be threatened by those who like to kill them for fun.
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