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National interests converge on Brainerd in US's only gray wolf delisting hearing


Wolf activists against removing federal protection for the gray wolf cheered and chanted Tuesday, June 25, in Gregory Park in Brainerd. The rally took place before a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service public hearing on delisting gray wolves at nearby Franklin Arts Center. Steve Kohls / Brainerd Dispatch

"I'm sorry we've got you lined up with numbers like the state penitentiary," drawled Lesley Travers, the hearing's third-party moderator. "But, it's the only way we can ensure everyone gets their chance to speak and be heard."

That, Travers noted Tuesday, June 25, was the only reasonable way to conduct business when there's one and a half hours of allotted speaking time and 81 speakers registered. Brainerd played host to the only public hearing in the nation devoted to a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service proposal to delist the gray wolf from endangered species protections.


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