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National Humane Society Files Suit to Protect WolvesSubmitted: 02/12/2013
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WASHINGTON, D.C. - The national Humane Society wants wolves back on the federal endangered species list.

Tuesday, the Humane Society and other animal rights groups filed a lawsuit to try to make that happen.

The groups filed in federal court against the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

Wolves were taken off the endangered list last year in Wisconsin, Minnesota, and Michigan.

The groups say that move is threatening the recovery of wolves.

Hunters and trappers in Minnesota and Wisconsin killed more than 500 wolves combined during the first season.

Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources Secretary Cathy Stepp issued a statement in response to the suit.

"When federally delisted in January 2012, Wisconsin's wolf population had recovered and grown to eight times delisting goals thanks to the dedication of partners, hunters, trappers, volunteers, agencies and research institutions. We are successfully out of wolf recovery mode and into wolf management mode," she said. "With this transition came the transfer of management authority from the federal government to the states. This authority enables us to manage wolves for Wisconsin's needs, fostering a healthy wolf population while seeking social balance as wolf depredations continue to rise."

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What We're Working OnSubmitted: 04/25/2017

- Tonight on Newswatch 12:

The Lincoln County D.A. determined that the deputy involved in a shooting in late February was justified in his actions. We'll show you the dash cam footage of the shooting that was just released.

We'll take you live to the Vilas County Courthouse where 36-year-old Rodney Teets is being tried for sexually assaulting a 19-year-old woman at knife point in July 2015.

And a Wausau boy wanted to see a wheelchair-friendly playground in his own backyard. Unfortunately, he died before that happened. But that didn't stop his family from keeping their promise. We'll talk with the boy's father and show you how he is making plans for the playground to be built in a Wausau park.

We'll bring you the details on these stories and more tonight on Newswatch 12 - news from where you live.

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MINNEAPOLIS - The upper Midwest timber industry is welcoming the Trump administration's announcement that it's imposing tariffs averaging 20 percent on softwood lumber entering the United States from Canada.

The industry has been struggling in Minnesota and Wisconsin. The housing market crash in 2008 cut demand for softwood lumber used to build homes, including the products affected by the administration's move.

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MADISON - A Wisconsin man accused of stealing a cache of weapons and sending an anti-government manifesto to the White House failed to stand for a federal judge at his arraignment.

Joseph Jakubowski appeared in court in Madison Tuesday on felony possession and theft of firearms charges.

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MOLE LAKE - Dozens of members of the Sokoagon Chippewa community came together Monday morning to participate in Earth Day festivities.

Armed with large garbage bags, metal grabbers and plastic gloves, members picked up garbage and debris along a ten mile stretch of the reservation.

One volunteer worked the majority of the day in a blackberry bush, grabbing anything that didn't fit with the natural scenery.

"I would rather see green grass and green trees than tin cans, aluminum cans and plastic," said the volunteer.

57 volunteers came out to help.
Sokoagen Chippewa Environmental Director Tina Van Zile wanted to celebrate Earth Day on a week day because she believed more people would participate.

"Litter bothers me really bad," said Van Zile.

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VILAS COUNTY - Twelve jurors will consider a he said, she said case involving accusations of a sexual assault at knife point.

The trial for 36-year-old Rodney Teets began in Vilas County Court Monday morning.

Teets is accused of sexually assualting a 19 year old woman at knife point in July 2015.

He faces three counts of first degree sexual assault, which he will try to fight in trial.

After several hours of jury selection, attorneys began their opening statements Monday afternoon.

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WOODRUFF - Sixty-three Wildfires burned all across the state in the last week.

The DNR suspended burning permits in 44 counties Monday, including all counties in the Northwoods.

The fire danger level ranged from "High" to "Very High" in most counties.

DNR fire crews have been on stand-by all day Monday.

"On days like today we are fully staffed and on high alert. All our stations are pre-positioning equipment. We're taking equipment from one part of the state and moving it to more critical areas. We are definitely on high alert," said Wildfire Prevention Specialist Catherine Koele.

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RHINELANDER - You can get almost anywhere around Pine Lake on an ATV or UTV.  But there are two key Oneida County highways that don't currently allow those vehicles.  Now, a Rhinelander-area ATV club is pushing the county to change that.

The Pine Lake ATV/UTV Club hopes the county will allow access on highways W and C.  The club formed about a year ago and got town approval to open access to all Pine Lake roads except for North and West Birchwood drives.

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