Eau Claire, Wis. Although mange, a contagious skin disease, killed some of Wisconsin’s wolves this year, the state’s wolf population is holding steady, according to state officials.

A total of 251 wolves were counted in the state as of April,
said Adrian Wydeven, mammalian ecologist for the Wisconsin
Department of Natural Resources. Of those, about 244 were outside
Indian reservations.

Wisconsin lists wolves as threatened, while they are federally
endangered. To be removed from state protection, the population
must be at least 250 outside Indian reservations. A pending federal
plan would take them off the endangered list and reclassify them as
threatened.

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