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Mon March 19, 2012
Gray Wolf Status Shifts from Endangered to Game
Gov. Walker is expected to soon sign into law a bill allowing wolves to be hunted in Wisconsin.
The Legislature recently approved a hunting season, after the federal government removed the wolf from the endangered species list, in January.
The wolf population was almost zero in the 1960s, but has grown to more than 800.
Those who favor the hunt say it will help reduce wolf attacks on livestock and pets.
Randy Jurewicz is a retired endangered resources biologist, who helped lead the state’s wolf recovery effort and craft its management plan.
He tells WUWM environmental reporter Susan Bence that he sees problems with the planned wolf hunt.