Gray Wolves Reinstated on the Threatened List
Minnesotans can no longer kill a wolf in unless it’s for self-defense. A federal judge Friday reinstated Minnesota’s gray wolf as part of the Endangered Species Act. Today Minnesota’s Department of Natural resources is investigating what kind of impact that’ll have on Minnesota animals and hunters.
The DNR says only a few Minnesotans will be impacted by this decision. According to their most recent wolf population survey over 56% of wolves live in woody wetlands and deciduous forests. However Minnesota ranchers and hunters aren’t sure the wolves needed to be placed on the threatened list.
The DNR says they’re still trying to read through 113-page court decision so they can get a better sense of what the wolves being placed on the threatened list means for Minnesota. They hope to have a better idea later this week.