Great Lakes wolves returning to endangered list

Traverse City, Mich. (AP) – More than 4,000 gray wolves in the
upper Great Lakes region are going back on the federal endangered
species list – at least temporarily.

A coalition of activist groups said Monday it reached an
agreement with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to restore
federal protections for wolves in Michigan, Minnesota and
Wisconsin.

The wolves had been dropped from the endangered list in May.

Several environmental and animal-protection groups sued in
federal court this month to reverse the decision.

The settlement says the government erred by publishing the final
rule to drop wolves from the list without providing for public
notice and comment.

If the agency tries again to remove the wolves, the settlement
calls for a comment period of at least 60 days.

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