Today the Obama Administration announced that it will remove wolves in the Great Lakes region from the Endangered Species List.
There are more than 4,000 wolves in Minnesota, Michigan and Wisconsin and each state has long surpassed their recovery goals. Minnesota alone has 3,000 wolves, which is more wolves than Idaho, Montana and Wyoming have combined.
Since 1991, the federal government has spent $92.6 million on gray wolf recovery programs, and state agencies have chipped in $13.9 million, according to documents reviewed by The Associated Press.
“We are ready to declare success in those areas where wolves are now secure, turn over management responsibility to the states and begin to focus our limited resources on other species that are in trouble,” Gary Frazer, assistant director for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s endangered species program, told CBS News.
The move makes way for wolf hunting seasons in the region, but so far, no seasons are set and the federal government is still going to monitor wolf populations in the region for five years.