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Federal judge puts gray wolf back on endangered species list
Federal judge puts gray wolf back on endangered species list

A judge restored federal protections to gray wolves in the the western Great Lakes region on Friday, reversing an earlier decision by the federal government to remove the animals from the endangered species list. In a sharply worded 111-page ruling, U.S. District Judge Beryl A. Howell said the 2012 decision by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to take the wolves off the list and hand management responsibilities over to Michigan, Minnesota and Wisconsin was "arbitrary and capricious" and violated the Endangered Species Act. Since the 2012 move, those three states have allowed wolves to be hunted. The Friday ruling bans any hunting and trapping of gray wolves in those...

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