MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar wants the federal government to speed up the removal of gray wolves in Minnesota from the endangered list.

Klobuchar says the increased number of wolves in the state could threaten residents, livestock and Minnesota’s hunting industry.

She sent a letter Tuesday to Interior Secretary Ken Salazar, urging him to expedite the removal of western Great Lakes gray wolves from the endangered list.

Klobuchar says Minnesota’s wolf population is now estimated at nearly 3,000 — nearly double the 1,600 minimum the Endangered Species Act requires to ensure long-term survival.

She says like the bald eagle, the gray wolf “has made a comeback” in Minnesota. But she says those wolves are now “hurting our farms, families and businesses, and our hunting industry.”

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Comments (4)
  1. ken jamme says:

    And history repeats yet again,

    If humans , their interests, obsessive control and parallel destruction of our environment were not factors, the wolves and all the other beasts would be much better off.

    1. Steven says:

      couldnt agree with you more, she is supposed to be doing important things and this is what she is spending her time on??

  2. Mother says:

    We have so little wildlife left. Just like we have so few jobs. What next? I am surprised you haven’t suggested to ship the wolves over seas like most of our jobs. It is just not a good time in the states for most people with few jobs and no health insurance. Teeth are rotting, vision and health declining, children are hungry unemployment running out and you are thinking about a fur coat maybe? All we need now is a bunch of toothless, hungry, wildmen running around setting traps and shooting at anythings that moves to feed and clothe their families.

  3. Barbara says:

    Amy you really disappoint me. How dare you persecute the wolves when there are so many more things you should be spending your time on. Humans have much to learn from the wolf, the least of which is that they are harming anything or anyone. Nine times out of ten, livestock are killed by coyotes – not wolves. Wolves being the meat eaters they are, run off the coyote and eat the kill, then are assumed to be the killers. If you open “season” on the wolf, you will never get another vote from me or my constituents, not a threat – a promise.

    Leave the wolves alone.

    Thank you,