2 national groups to sue to protect wolf

The Humane Society of the United States and The Fund for Animals signaled Monday that they will file suit against the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in an effort to return the Great Lakes wolf to the endangered species list. The groups ask that Wisconsin and Minnesota halt wolf hunts. The Wisconsin has already begun. Meanwhile two other groups are appealing to the Minnesota Supreme Court to stop the hunt in Minnesota, which begins Nov. 3.
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The Humane Society of the United States and The Fund for Animals signaled Monday that they will file suit against the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in an effort to return the Great Lakes wolf to the endangered species list, the Star Tribune reports. The groups ask that Wisconsin and Minnesota halt wolf hunts.

The Wisconsin hunt began Monday and up to 1,160 state licensed hunters and trappers will take part until the season ends Feb. 28, 2013, Northland's Newscenter reported. A limit of 201 wolves can be killed in Wisconsin, where there are more than 850 of the animals.

Meanwhile, two other groups – The Center for Biological Diversity and Howling for Wolves – are appealing to the Minnesota Supreme Court to stop the hunt in Minnesota, which begins Nov. 3, the Associated Press reports.

The hunts mark a new era for wolf management in the Midwest, MPR reports. Hunt proponents argue they are the result of a successful effort to protect the wolf under the Endangered Species Act, while critics say wolves should never be hunted, MPR reports.

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