DOI Strips Protections For Gray Wolves In Great Lakes

Law360, New York (December 21, 2011, 7:16 PM EST) -- The U.S. Department of the Interior will publish a final rule nixing Endangered Species Act protections for gray wolves in the western Great Lakes region, but decide later whether to delist the wolves in 29 eastern states, the agency said Wednesday.

The DOI said the protections were no longer necessary in the Great Lakes region because gray wolf populations in Michigan, Minnesota and Wisconsin and in portions of adjoining states had bounced back to healthy levels since being listed as endangered in the 1970s. Under the...
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