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Bills Would Drop Federal Protections for Wolves in 4 States

posted Apr 2, 2015, 11:43 PM by chloe owens

2/12/15, Chicago Tribune

Bills would drop federal protections for wolves in 4 states

Gray wolves in Wyoming and three Great Lakes states would lose court-ordered protection under legislation proposed in Congress, the latest offensive in a 12-year battle over whether the predator species is secure enough to allow hunting and trapping or should retain its federal shield. Two bills introduced this week would nullify a federal judge's decision in December to return wolves in Michigan, Minnesota and Wisconsin to the endangered species list. One also would extend the policy to Wyoming, where another judge in September restored protections for wolves that the Obama administration had lifted.