The gray wolves have been taken off of the Federal Endangered Species List. That means now each State has control over how to manage the gray wolf population. I have not paid a lot of attention to the gray wolf issue because they are mainly in Central and Northern Minnesota. However, I know the issue of gray wolves preying on cattle and sheep is a big issue to livestock producers in those areas. Every year when I would attend the Minnesota Farm Bureau or Minnesota Farmers Union State Convention there have has been debate on gray wolf policy.

John Dvorak has been involved in the sheep industry for decades and served two terms on the American Sheep Industry Association National Board. John has been on Capitol Hill in Washington D.C many times talking with Senators and Representatives about the gray wolf population and it's impact on livestock producers. Apparently the plan to repopulate Northern Minnesota with gray wolves has been a huge success.

Click on the link and listen to John talk about what gray wolves can do when the population is very high. Instead of stalking one animal for food they can form packs and become very aggressive. John told one story of a sheep producer who had his entire flock of sheep in a 30 acre pasture that were all killed by a pack of gray wolves. John said control of the gray wolf population in Minnesota will be set by the Minnesota Department of Agriculture and Maybe the Minnesota Department of Agriculture may also be involved along with input from citizens.

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