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ENDANGERED SPECIES
(2008-06-11)
(wgvu) - The gray wolf and the bald eagle may
soon be dropped from Michigan's list of endangered and threatened
species.
The state Department of Natural Resources is proposing the first
major revision of the list since 1999. If approved, the number of
plants and animals it protects would rise from 340 to 401.
The wolf and the bald eagle have been on the list since it was
first compiled in 1976. Both species have made dramatic comebacks
from near-extinction in Michigan.
Most of the new additions to the list would be plants and
freshwater mollosks.
The DNR is planning a series of hearings on its plan. The first
is tonight in Grayling. The others will take place over the next
week in Lansing, Newberry and Houghton.
The proposed changes would need approval of the Legislature to
take effect.
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