Wild protection groups file suit to end wolf hung in Great Lakes Region

By KBJR News 1

Wild protection groups file suit to end wolf hung in Great Lakes Region

February 12, 2013 Updated Feb 12, 2013 at 12:34 PM CST

Washington, D.C. (NNCNOW.com) -- The Humane Society of the United States and other groups are suing the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service over its decision to remove the protections of the Endangered Species Act from gray wolves living in the western Great Lakes Region.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's recent decision to delist wolves became effective last year, after multiple attempts to delist wolves were turned down by the courts over the last decade.

The groups say the decision threatens the small, fragile population of gray wolves by confining them to the Great Lakes region, where state wildlife managers are committed to reducing wolf numbers.

Hunters and trappers killed more than 500 wolves in Minnesota and Wisconsin during the most recent hunting and trapping season.

The Michigan legislature amended state law to designate wolves as game species, which would allow the state to authorize a hunting and trapping season.

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