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Proposal to remove federal wolf protections brought forwardSubmitted: 01/11/2017
Proposal to remove federal wolf protections brought forward
Story By Associated Press

MINNEAPOLIS - Gray wolves in Wisconsin get protection under the federal Endangered Species Act, but some members of congress would like to change that.


The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service tried to take wolves in Wisconsin, Minnesota, Michigan and Wyoming off the list. They believed the populations had recovered enough to allow states to take over management.

But in 2014 courts restored federal protections for the wolves. Wisconsin Congressman Sean Duffy was among those introducing a bill to block the courts from intervening.

Similar proposals failed to advance last year, partly due to White House opposition.

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