Minnesota U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar wants gray wolves removed from the federal Endangered Species List, calling for the state, environmental groups, and others to work together on management of the predator.
Minnesota Public Radio has the story HERE.
Earlier this week, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced, HERE, that it would once again try to remove the gray wolf from protection under the Endangered Species Act, saying populations of the animal have recovered in Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Michigan.
The announcement marked the fourth time the agency has attempted to remove gray wolves from the Endangered Species List. Court rulings on suits brought by animal advocacy groups have thwarted previous attempts to delist the animal which has enjoyed federal protections since 1974.
Surveys estimate the wolf population in Minnesota at 3,000 animals. Wisconsin and Michigan, together, are home to an estimated 1,200 additional animals. Under federal protection, wolves can only be killed if they have been proven to have caused the death of livestock or pets.