A Minnesota congressman says a push is underway to include language in a catchall spending bill to return responsibility for managing wolf populations in the western Great Lakes region to Minnesota, Wisconsin and Michigan.
A Mexican wolf has been shot and killed after it escaped from its enclosure at the Minnesota Zoo. Zoo spokeswoman Kelly Lessard says the wolf got out of the Northern Trail exhibit and into a bison area at the zoo located in the Minneapolis suburb of Apple Valley.
The federal program that controls wolves that attack or threaten farm animals or pets in Minnesota is in peril because of budget cuts by Congress. Friday's budget agreement in the U.S. Congress effectively eliminates money for the USDA's Wildlife Services program.