Sections

Weather Forecast

Close

Feds will once again try to remove gray wolf from endangered list

The federal government will try for a fourth time to remove the gray wolf from the endangered species list in Wisconsin, Minnesota, and Michigan.

The U.S. Fish-and-Wildlife Service says it will publish a notice today in the Federal Register which kicks off a 12-month review process. The agency is responding to petitions from the states of Wisconsin and Minnesota and other groups to de-list the wolf. It would allow the Wisconsin DNR to bring back its own management program which protects gray-wolves, while seeking to eliminate problem wolves that damage farm crops and livestock.

There are an estimated 4,000 wolves in the three-state region. A 60-day public comment will be part of the federal government's year-long review process. The previous efforts to de-list the wolf were either struck down by the courts, or withdrawn due to procedural errors. Environmentalists and animal rights groups oppose the de-listing every time it's proposed. Michael Robinson of the Center for Biological Diversity says a national wolf recovery plan is needed.