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Klobuchar says gray wolf delisting is under way

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Sen. Amy Klobuchar sends word today that the effort to remove the Great Lakes gray wolf from the endangered species list has begun.

Klobuchar supports the move, saying that the number of wolves has increased to 3,000 and the gray wolves are headed toward long-range survival.

 “Recently we have seen an increase in the number of wolves in Minnesota,” Klobuchar said. “The focus here is to restore balance to the natural habitat and I’m glad this important first step has been taken.”

The delisting process has begun with publishing of a draft rule. A final ruling should come by the end of the year, she said.

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Klobuchar also said she’s seeking funding from the U.S. Agriculture Department Secretary for Minnesota’s wolf management program.