TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (WKOW) -- The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service published a rule Wednesday that formally puts gray wolves in the upper Great Lakes region back on the endangered species list.
The rule fulfills a deal made with environmental groups in July, when the agency promised to reinstate the wolves' protected status while considering its next move.
Earlier this year, the government dropped about 4,000 wolves in Michigan, Minnesota and Wisconsin from the list, turning over management of the predators to state wildlife regulators.
Activist groups sued, saying state plans were inadequate and would open the door to future hunting and trapping. The federal agency agreed to put wolves back on the endangered list for now, in part because it erred by removing them without a legally required public comment period.