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Gray wolves rebound

This February 2008 file photo shows a gray wolf in an exhibit area at the International Wolf Center in Ely, Minn. After devoting four decades and tens of millions of dollars to saving gray wolves, the federal government wants to get out of the wolf recovery business and leave it to individual states, and the wolves themselves, to determine their future. The Obama administration says it will decide by year's end whether to lift restrictions in the upper Great Lakes and 29 Eastern states. (AP/John Flesher)
This February 2008 file photo shows a gray wolf in an exhibit area at the International Wolf Center in Ely, Minn. After devoting four decades and tens of millions of dollars to saving gray wolves, the federal government wants to get out of the wolf recovery business and leave it to individual states, and the wolves themselves, to determine their future. The Obama administration says it will decide by year's end whether to lift restrictions in the upper Great Lakes and 29 Eastern states. (AP/John Flesher)

This February 2008 file photo shows a gray wolf in an exhibit area at the International Wolf Center in Ely, Minn.

ATLANTA, Mich. — After devoting four decades and tens of millions of dollars to saving the gray wolf, the federal government wants to get out of the wolf-protection business, leaving it to individual states — and the wolves themselves — to determine the future of the legendary predator.

The Obama administration today declared more than 4,000 wolves in Michigan, Minnesota and Wisconsin have recovered from widespread extermination and will be removed from the endangered species list.

Coupled with an earlier move that lifted protections in five western states, the decision puts the gray wolf at a historical crossroads — one that could test both its reputation for resilience and the tolerance of ranchers and hunters who bemoan its attacks on livestock and big game.

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Cindy Hval
Cindy Hval is a freelance columnist for the Voices neighborhood sections. Her Front Porch column appears twice a month in the Thursday Voice.









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