MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A Minnesota congressman says a push is underway to include language in a catchall spending bill to return responsibility for managing wolf populations in the western Great Lakes region to Minnesota, Wisconsin and Michigan.
Courts have overturned federal efforts to remove the region’s wolves from the endangered list. The legislation would bypass the courts.READ MORE: 'Heart-Wrenching': Fire At Minneapolis Nonprofit House Of Charity Will Impact Many
U.S. Rep. Collin Peterson, D-Minn., says he’s optimistic the provision will make it into the bill, which is expected out next week, but says it’s not a done deal.READ MORE: Bloomington Man Charged With Arson After Allegedly Threatening Ex-Girlfriend, Starting Fire In Her Garage
Katherine Mize, spokeswoman for Rep. Reid Ribble, R-Wis., another sponsor of the wolf provision, also says there’s a good chance it could move forward.
But Wendy Keefover of the Humane Society of the United States is dismayed, saying wolves have not recovered across their historic range.MORE NEWS: Police: No Arrests After Stolen Vehicle Hits Multiple Other Cars In St. Paul
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