Endangered Wolf Killings Expected To Expand

By KBJR News 1

September 6, 2010 Updated Sep 6, 2010 at 12:08 AM CDT

Despite two recent court actions putting gray wolves back on the endangered species list, some government agencies are looking for new authority to get rid of troublesome packs.

Once nearly extinct, the gray wolf made a comeback over the last two decades under the protection of the endangered species act.
That comeback comes with a cost.

The Department of Natural Resources calculates Minnesota has up to 3,500 wolves...including more than 100 wolf packs.

Populations in Michigan and Wisconsin's are not as strong with only about 600 wolves each.

As their numbers increase, wolves expand their hunting territory to include livestock and wild game... Getting in the way of ranchers and hunters.

Wildlife officials in several states are hoping to use various lethal and non–lethal means to keep returning wolf populations in check.