NEW INFO: State Wildlife Experts Praise Removal of Gray Wolf from Endangered List

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Wisconsin game managers are praising a Bush administration plan to remove gray wolves in the western Great Lakes states and Northern Rockies from the endangered species list by late February.

Wisconsin's wolves had been taken off the list earlier, leaving the state Department of Natural Resources in charge of wolf management.

But last September, a decision by a federal judge in Washington, D.C., put wolves in Wisconsin, Michigan and Minnesota back on the list.

DNR Secretary Matt Frank says his agency disagreed with the judge's ruling and is glad the DNR again will be managing the wolf population.

A big difference for the DNR is having more options to deal with problem wolves that kill livestock or pets.

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