A group called Keep Michigan Wolves Protected said it will appeal the court’s decision.
A $1.4 million wolf habitat that opened Monday at the Detroit Zoo includes grassy hills and meadows, trees, a stream and pond, wolf dens and elevated rock outcroppings from which the wolves can survey their surroundings.
Scientists say only three gray wolves remain on the Lake Superior island chain.
The gray wolves of Isle Royale National Park are on the verge of disappearing.
The Michigan Department of Natural Resources is inviting public feedback on an updated plan for managing the state’s gray wolves.
Gray wolves in Michigan are protected by federal law once more.
It’s the latest offensive in a 12-year battle over whether the predator species is secure enough to allow hunting and trapping or should retain its federal shield.
“It’s helpful to have as many eyes as possible looking…”
The DNR estimates there were more than 630 wolves in the Upper Peninsula last year, compared to 658 in 2013. The number of attacks, 35, was higher than the 20 reported in 2013.
Several members of Congress are preparing legislation to take gray wolves in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan and Wyoming off the endangered list.