Gray wolves will no longer be protected as an endangered species in the upper Great Lakes. The federal government announced today wolves in Michigan, Minnesota and Wisconsin will be removed from the list in January. That means state agencies will be allowed to kill wolves that are causing problems and could also establish a hunting season for the animals. State wildlife officials say there is growing pressure to establish a hunt for wolves.
There are nearly 700 wolves in Michigan, mostly in the Upper Peninsula. Last year wildlife biologists caught a wolf pup in Cheboygan County. That was the first evidence of wolves breeding below the bridge in nearly a century. Some environmental groups oppose the delisting, saying the animal needs to recover in a wider geographic range for it to be stable.