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Interior Secretary Ken Salazar calls the resurgence of wolves a great success story of the Endangered Species Act as the U.S government prepares to end federal wolf protection in the western Great Lakes region by year's end. (U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service file photo)

U.S. Interior Secretary heralds wolf delisting

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The U.S government on Wednesday formally announced its move to end federal wolf protection in the western Great Lakes region by year's end, saying management of the animals should be handed back to state and tribal governments.

The move was reported last month but was heralded by top Interior Department officials Wednesday as they took formal action.

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