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Feds reopen comment period on wolf delisting

[large thumbnail url=”feds-reopen-comment-period-on-wolf-delisting” filename=”news” year=”2011″ month=”08″ day=”26″] [thumbnail icon url=”feds-reopen-comment-period-on-wolf-delisting” filename=”news” year=”2011″ month=”08″ day=”26″] The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on Thursday announced it will take more public comments on the plan to remove endangered species protections for wolves across the Great Lakes region.

Public comments on the federal plan ended July 5 but have been reopened through Sept. 26.

The federal agency in May officially filed its intent to remove federal protections for gray wolves in Minnesota, Wisconsin and Michigan because the animals have more than recovered from the brink of extinction over the past 35 years.

Federal officials said at the time that they hoped to announce the new rule and delist wolves in the region by the end of 2011. Georgia Parham, a spokeswoman for the agency, said the reopened comment period “shouldn’t change that goal. We still hope to have it completed within that time frame.”

Once that rule becomes final, management of wolves will revert back to state agencies that are ready to allow wolf trapping and shooting…

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