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House Republicans in Congress are working on legislation to strip federal protections from gray wolves in Michigan, Wisconsin, Minnesota and Wyoming, removing them from the Endangered Species List and making wolf hunting legal again. Advocates staunchly oppose what they call "The War on Wolves Act," and argue hunting will put them back on the brink of extinction. But many regard wolves as pests, and say regulated hunts will manage the predator population. Do gray wolves still need protection?🐺

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Gray wolves were rescued from the edge of extinction in the 1970s, when they were given federal protection under the Endangered Species Act. But as their population has recovered, members of Congress and state wildlife agencies have pressed for them to be delisted. 

Numerous conservation groups are working to protect gray wolves, saying the animals are essential to maintaining balance and health in numerous ecosystems, so much so that they were actually reintroduced into Yellowstone National Park.

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But many legislators and hunting advocates say the federal government should not be in charge of managing state wildlife populations. They argue wolves are a threat to livestock and deer populations, and have recovered sufficiently enough to be hunted again:

"Wyoming should be able to manage the gray wolf without outside interference," said Wyoming Congressman Liz Cheney, a cosponsor of the proposed Gray Wolf State Management Act of 2017.
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Many biologists and wildlife advocates argue hunting could mean the end of the gray wolf in America. With 3,000 wolves, Minnesota had the largest gray wolf population in the lower 48 states, but when wolf hunts were made legal again, 921 wolves were killed after just three hunting seasons. Biologists believe fewer than 6,000 of these wolves are left.

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Many environmentalists argue wolves are being sacrificed on the altar of the oil and gas industry.

The protections wolves require in the West often run counter to the interests of industrial agriculture businesses and the oil and gas industry, both of which want to operate on land that is currently subject to protection because it’s wolf habitat.
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Others consider these animals pests and threats to livestock.

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And many hunters argue that hunting keeps animal populations under control.

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Others argue wolves are affecting state game management budgets adversely. 

"Since the reintroduction of the wolf, local deer, elk, moose and sheep populations have plummeted. Lower ungulate numbers mean that game managers...are forced to offer less hunting permits for sportsmen. That, it turn, means less hunting license revenue for the affected states, whose game management budgets are derived largely from the sale of these same licenses and tags, particularly to nonresidents. This has to stop."
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