Gray wolves back on endangered list

June 30, 2009 4:31:40 AM PDT
More than 4,000 gray wolves in the upper Great Lakes region are going back on the federal endangered species list, at least temporarily.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service says it made a mistake by ending federal protection for wolves in Michigan, Minnesota and Wisconsin without having a public comment period.

Under a settlement with five activist groups, the agency says it will return Great Lakes wolves to the list while considering its next move. The wolves had been classified as endangered from 1974 until their removal May 4.

About 1,300 wolves in Montana and Idaho that were also dropped from the list in May are not part of the deal, because a public comment period was held in their case.

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