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Bears, cougars, gray wolves to be protected in Illinois

SPRINGFIELD — The gray wolf, American black bear and mountain lion (cougar) will come under the protection of the Illinois Wildlife Code on Jan. 1, Illinois Department of Natural Resources Director Marc Miller announced Monday. Senate Bill 3049, signed by Gov. Pat Quinn, gives the IDNR the authority to manage these species for the protection of both wildlife and public safety. All three species were present when settlers arrived in Illinois, but were all but gone from the state by the mid-1800s. Due to improved legal protections and habitat restoration, these species are returning to some of their former range in the eastern United States. Continue reading

Three states investigating possible return of wolves

[large thumbnail url=”three-states-investigate-return-of-wolves” filename=”news” year=”2010″ month=”03″ day=”22″] [thumbnail icon url=”three-states-investigate-return-of-wolves” filename=”news” year=”2010″ month=”03″ day=”22″] Based on reports of wolves possibly returning to Colorado, Ohio, and Illinois  – with recently confirmed resettlement in Washington and Oregon, it appears wolves are slowly re-establishing themselves in much of their historic range.

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