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GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) - State biologists are telling the Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission there is enough information to consider taking the gray wolf off the state endangered species list.

A draft status review was posted Tuesday on the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife website with materials for the commission's next meeting.

A final decision is not scheduled until August, but the commission is to make the first step in the process - deciding whether it has enough information to consider the issue - when it meets April 24 in Bend.

At last count, Oregon had 77 wolves descended from animals introduced in Idaho. The status report says they are projected to increase at a rate of 7 percent a year, and the probability of a population failure is very low.

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