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Grey wolves delisted once again

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Wisconsin regained its ability Friday to control its own wolf population.

U.S. Department of Interior Secretary Ken Salazar re-instated a decision by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to remove grey wolves from the federal endangered species list.

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The move applies only in Wisconsin, Michigan, Minnesota and parts of the northwest United States, where Salazar said wolves have made a strong comeback.

The Bush administration took its action just before walking out the door in January. It was one of numerous last-minute executive orders the new Obama administration held up for review.

Wisconsin has well over 500 grey wolves.

The federal de-listing allows the state to adopt its own management plan which takes into account the attacks made by problem wolves to livestock and domestic animals.

Courts have over-turned previous attempts to de-list the grey wolf and more challenges are expected.

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