Madison, Wis. The Wisconsin DNR says the state’s wolf population has risen to 320 animals, about 70 more than a year ago.

Adrian Wydeven, state DNR wolf biologist, said pup survival was
good last year, and the large deer population provides a good food
source for wolves.

At 320 wolves, the population is nearing the 350-animal goal
established in the Wisconsin DNR’s wolf management plan, and
efforts have begun to remove the animal from the state’s endangered
and threatened species lists, Wydeven said. The U.S. Fish and
Wildlife Service currently is considering whether to reclassify the
wolf from endangered to threatened in the state. Wolves already are
on the threatened list in Minnesota.

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