Federal agency hears testimony on fate of gray wolves

Minnesota DNR
Minnesota DNR

BRAINERD, Minn. – Federal officials are weighing testimony from the only public hearing in the country on the government’s latest attempt to take gray wolves off the endangered and threatened species list.

The proposal would return management of the wolves to the states, potentially subjecting them to hunting and trapping. In most states it’s illegal to kill a wolf unless it’s threatening a person.

Officials explained at the hearing Tuesday night in the east-central Minnesota city of Brainerd that they no longer consider gray wolves endangered. They’ve made a dramatic recovery since they were protected in 1974.

But supporters of the protections said removal is premature. While wolves in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan and the northern Rockies have rebounded, they haven’t fully recovered across their historic range.


4 thoughts on “Federal agency hears testimony on fate of gray wolves

  1. whoever wrote this – its uninformative. no specific federalagency is named. no way to get in touch with them is shown. its just amorphous and not worthwhile of sending around.

  2. There should not be a hunting season in any case. Wolves have a population in MN, I don’t know if you can really call it a recovery or a rebound. More like a holding on, while the killing of them is being considered.

    Whatever happened to that bill that would ban hunting in Minnesota? Yeah, I thought so.

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