U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service officials announced protections for the gray wolf may be lifted in 48 states.
The group said wolves have fully recovered in the great lakes and no longer need protection.
Lifting protections would allow hunters to kill wolves and to slow their expansion. Wildlife advocates say lifting protections could stop wolves from returning to former grounds and it’s simply too early.
Gray wolves received endangered species protections in 1975. The American Farm Bureau federation is praising the proposal because of lost livestock from wolf kills.
Hunting of wolves is already allowed in Montana, Wyoming, and Idaho.
Wisconsin congressman Sean Duffy released the following statement today about the gray wolf:
“It is encouraging that the Trump administration is following in the footsteps of the Obama administration in its efforts to allow Wisconsin to manage its gray wolf population…We know what’s better for our state’s ecosystem better than activist judges in Washington, and Wisconsin farmers deserve to be able to protect their livestock.”