Wisconsin Wants Wolf Protections Reduced

MADISON, Wis., April 28 (UPI) — The Humane Society says it likely will oppose Wisconsin’s request to remove the now thriving gray wolf from the endangered species list.

The gray wolf population has increased to an estimated 750 in Wisconsin and state Department of Natural Resources officials want federal authorities to reclassify wolves so lethal means can be used to control their numbers.

“The gray wolf in Wisconsin is clearly not in danger of extinction now,” resources Secretary Matthew Frank said.

Since 1985, Wisconsin has paid $894,119 to farmers and homeowners who have lost dogs and livestock to wolves, mostly in the northwest part of the state where wolves from Minnesota migrated and colonized, The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported Wednesday.

The Humane Society of the United States said it likely would challenge Wisconsin’s request because the gray wolf today is found on only 5 percent of its native habitat nationwide.

“We believe the wolf should be protected across the country,” Human Society spokesman Howard Goldman said.

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