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Federal Agency Considers Dropping Wolf Protections

A federal agency is taking new action that could result in wolf protections being lifted. A federal agency is taking new action that could result in wolf protections being lifted. |  Photo: WDIO-TV file

JOHN FLESHER, AP Environmental Writer
Created: June 14, 2018 10:33 AM

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) - The federal government is considering another attempt to drop legal protections for gray wolves across the lower 48 states, reopening a lengthy battle over the predator species.

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The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on Thursday told The Associated Press that it has begun a science-based review of the status of the wolf, which is covered by the Endangered Species Act in most of the nation.

If the agency decides to begin the process of removing the wolf from the endangered species list, it will publish a proposal by the end of the year and take public comments. The government proposed removing wolf protections in 2013 but backed off after federal courts rejected its plan for taking wolves in the western Great Lakes region off the list.

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JOHN FLESHER, AP Environmental Writer

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