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Gray Wolves in the Great Lakes

Wolf restoration in the Western Great Lakes is an Endangered Species Act success story, for now.

More than 30 years of federal protection in the region helped to bring this critically important animal back from a small remnant population in northern Minnesota to current numbers of more than 4,000 animals in Minnesota, Wisconsin and the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.

These states could still follow the negative, anti-wolf path of their neighbors to the West. Wisconsin has already taken steps in that direction by deciding to adopt as its wolf management goal, a sharp reduction in its population of wolves.  Defenders continues to monitor state management activities in the Great Lakes to ensure that the successful recovery of wolves in this region is maintained.

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