The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources is stepping up its call for the removal of the gray wolf from the endangered species list.
Last month three hunting dogs were believed killed by the animals. In total last year, more than 100 livestock and pet deaths were attributed to the wolves.
Population numbers for the wolves have grown in recent years with a regional total between Wisconsin and Michigan of around 4,000 wolves. Environmental groups have sued to keep the protections in place for the western Great Lakes area. The federal government has attempted to remove the wolves from the list four times. Reprinted from Pierce County Herald, Wis.