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Michigan’s 658 Wolves Now Face 1,200 Permit-Holding Hunters

In the very first time since the species was listed as endangered almost 40 years ago, the gray wolf hunting season has begun in Michigan, leaving four of the animals dead already, ABC News reports. The rest of Michigan's 658 wolves now face the 1,200 hunters who've been granted permits from the Michigan Department of Natural Resources to bag one wolf each.

Some conservation groups said the reclassification would lift protection too soon, before the species has re-colonized large sections of its old range. Ranchers and others who complain the animals routinely kill livestock and pets, countered that the laws protecting the wolves unfairly limited the rights of property owners.