Federal judge: Great Lakes wolves return to endangered list
By John Flesher, Associated Press 10:30 a.m. EST December 23, 2014
Unless it’s overturned, the decision will ban further wolf hunting and trapping in Michigan and two other states.
A federal judge on Friday threw out an Obama administration decision to remove the gray wolf population in the western Great Lakes region from the endangered species list — a decision that will ban further wolf hunting and trapping in Michigan.
The order — which also affects Minnesota and Wisconsin — protects a wolf population that is estimated at around 3,700. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service dropped federal protections from those wolves in 2012 and handed over management to the states.
U.S. District Judge Beryl Howell in Washington, D.C., ruled Friday the removal was “arbitrary and capricious” and violated the federal Endangered Species Act.
Unless overturned, her decision will block the…
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