Minneapolis Star Tribune
MINNEAPOLIS — Minnesotans could be hunting wolves again as early as the fall of 2020, but nothing is assured as the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service embarks on another quest to remove the species from the nation’s endangered species list.
The federal agency will be sued by environmental groups hoping to derail the effort, but the Trump administration is waiting any day now for the Federal Register to publish its official proposal to delist gray wolves throughout the lower 48 states.
Months and months of public input and agency analysis would follow, but it’s conceivable a final rule and delisting could happen inside of 12 months. The last time gray wolves were delisted in Minnesota was January 2012. The Department of Natural Resources quickly staged a lottery for license applications. By Nov. 3 of that year, 23,000 hunters and…
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