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Grey wolves delisted once again

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.

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.