gray wolf walking on snow USFWS: Photo by MacNeil Lyons, National Park Service

Court reinstates federal protections for gray wolves

Agricultural groups say decision offers additional support for Congress to modernize Endangered Species Act.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit affirmed a lower court ruling that vacated a U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (FWS) rule to remove Endangered Species Act (ESA) protections for gray wolves in the western Great Lakes region, which includes Michigan, Minnesota and Wisconsin. The ruling maintains federal protections for wolves and blocks the states from asserting control and opening up sport hunting and commercial trapping seasons targeting the animals.

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