2009-07-02 / Local & State

Great Lakes Wolves Returning To Endangered List

By John Flesher AP ENVIRONMENTAL WRITER

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) - More than 4,000 gray wolves in the upper Great Lakes region are going back on the federal endangered species list - at least temporarily.

A coalition of activist groups said Monday it reached an agreement with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to restore federal protections for wolves in Michigan, Minnesota and Wisconsin.

The wolves had been dropped from the endangered list in May.

Several environmental and animal-protection groups sued in federal court this month to reverse the decision.

The settlement says the government erred by publishing the final rule to drop wolves from the list without providing for public notice and comment.

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