Two groups that are suing to restore federal protections for gray wolves sent a letter this week calling on Wisconsin's attorney general to remove the head of the state’s Natural Resources Board before its August meeting. The letter comes as the state Department of Natural Resources is expected to recommend a wolf harvest quota for the board's approval ahead of the fall wolf hunt.

The Humane Society of The United States and Center for Biological Diversity are accusing the board’s chair, Fred Prehn, of unlawfully remaining in office past the end of his six-year term. Prehn, a Wausau dentist, decided to remain on the board until the state Senate confirms appointments made this spring by Gov. Tony Evers.

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