Gray Wolf Back on Endangered List

Court overrules Bush administration's move to cross it off
By Matt Cantor,  Newser User
Posted Sep 30, 2008 11:45 AM CDT
A gray wolf is shown at a wildlife center in Forest Lake, Minn.    (AP Photo/Dawn Villella)
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(Newser) – A federal court restored gray wolves to the endangered species list in Michigan, Minnesota, and Wisconsin yesterday, again making it not OK to kill wolves that attack livestock or pets, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports. In answer to a lawsuit by environmental groups, a judge said the wolves couldn’t be dashed from the list in those states while they were still endangered elsewhere.

The area's 4,000 wolves represent a comeback for the species, whose range, which once covered most of the continental US, is now just 5% of its former size, the AP notes. Not all are happy with the decision. “The facts on the ground have not changed,” said a hunting lobbyist. “There are plenty of wolves in the Great Lakes region.”