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Public Hearing On Gray Wolf Postponed

Gary Kramer / US Fish & Wildlife Service
 

Gary Kramer / US Fish & Wildlife Service

Environmentalists say wolves get a bad rap.

"People have grown up with stories about wolves that are pretty negative, things like Little Red Riding Hood."

Suzanne Stone is with "Defenders of Wildlife." The group wants continued federal protections for the Gray Wolf.

"They're a magnificent species and we should be giving them an opportunity to recover in the places where they can still support wild wolves."

But Hilary Cooley with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service says, after more than three decades of protection, the Gray Wolf has successfully recovered in the Great Lakes states and Northern Rockies.

"Combined we have a minimum of 5,000 wolves in the Great Lakes and Northern Rockies. Those populations are expanding. We have wolves now in Oregon and in Washington."

De-listing the Gray Wolf could allow the predators to be killed by ranchers protecting livestock as well as hunters.

 

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