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Plenty Of Support For Delisting Gray Wolves

GRAND RAPIDS, Minn. (AP) -- There was plenty of support to remove gray wolves from the federal endangered species list from nearly 200 people who attended a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service meeting in Grand Rapids.

Conservation groups have challenged the move in court and won the past two times. At the meeting Tuesday night, veterinarian John Howe said he frequently gets panicked calls about wolf attacks on pets. Howe says in one case, a woman's yellow lab was sitting on her deck in the middle of the day. Her 5-year-old son was 50 feet away. He says wolves killed the dog in a matter of seconds and dragged it into the woods. Minnesota Public Radio says the child wasn't harmed.

The federal government wants to take the wolves off the endangered list in Minnesota, Wisconsin and Michigan. A 60-day public comment on that proposal runs through July 5. Some 4,200 wolves now roam the three states.

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