The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is hosting a public hearing to take comments on the agency’s proposal to remove the gray wolf from the List of Endangered and Threatened Wildlife.

The Service published a proposed rule in the Federal Register to remove all gray wolves from protection under Endangered Species Act (ESA) in March. In response to requests, the Service extended the comment period from mid May to July 15th, in order to allow all interested parties additional time to comment on the proposal and to allow for a public hearing.

The hearing begins with a presentation and question-and-answer session at 6:30 p.m., with the formal public hearing following at 7:00 p.m. People attending will have the opportunity to speak with Service biologists about the gray wolf de-listing proposal, ask questions during the question-and-answer session, and provide oral comments on the proposal during the hearing. Written comments will also be accepted. Those unable to attend the hearing may submit comments electronically or by mail.

The hearing is scheduled for Wednesday, June 25th, 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at the Franklin Arts Center Auditorium in Brainerd.

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