From the Star-Tribune:

_In a victory for environmentalists, a federal judge has returned the gray wolf in the Upper Midwest to federal protection under the Endangered Species Act. . . .

The ruling . . . sets back the clock for the earliest time that a wolf-hunting season might be permitted in Minnesota. State law authorizes wolf hunting, but not before at least five years have elapsed after federal delisting, and only under certain conditions.

Federal protection also means stiff fines and penalties for illegal killing._

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