Wolf decision triggers automatic hunt re-start in Wisconsin

A gray wolf is seen at the Wildlife Science Center in Forest Lake, Minn Photo: AP/Dawn Villella, File. A gray wolf is seen at the Wildlife Science Center in Forest Lake, Minn

Ben Rodgers
Created: October 29, 2020 03:47 PM

The Trump administration's decision to remove gray wolves across most of the U.S. from the endangered species list will force Wisconsin wildlife officials to again offer a wolf hunting season.

The U.S. Department of the Interior announced Thursday that wolves would come off the list, a move designed to appeal to rural voters who have long complained the predators are destroying livestock.

Trump officials end gray wolf protections across most of US

Former Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker signed a bill in 2012 requiring the Department of Natural Resources to hold a wolf hunt. The agency held three seasons before a federal judge placed Great Lakes wolves back on the endangered species list in 2014.

But the Wisconsin law remains valid, which means the DNR would have to reinstate the season if protections are lifted.

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