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Wisconsin happy gray wolf to be removed from endangered species list

[large thumbnail url=”wisconsin-happy-gray-wolf-to-be-removed-from-endangered-species-list” filename=”news” year=”2010″ month=”12″ day=”16″] [thumbnail icon url=”wisconsin-happy-gray-wolf-to-be-removed-from-endangered-species-list” filename=”news” year=”2010″ month=”12″ day=”16″] MADISON — Plans by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to remove the gray wolf from the endangered species list were praised Monday by Matt Frank, secretary of the state Department of Natural Resources.

Frank said it is important the wolf be delisted because it will give the state agency the authority to kill problem wolves. He said predation on livestock and hunting dogs by wolves has grown to “intolerable” levels.

The USFWS announced late last week that it intends to seek delisting of the wolf in Wisconsin, Michigan and Minnesota by April. Previous efforts have been rebuffed in federal court after challenges by animal rights groups and others.

But the federal agency wants to turn management of Upper Midwest wolf populations over to the states. The last attempt to delist the wolf was in April 2009 and was rejected by a federal court because the action was not accompanied by proper public notice of the proposed delisting…

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