De-listing of Gray wolf passes House

Congressman Dan Newhouse,

Congressman Sean Duffy (R-WI) and Congressman Dan Newhouse (R-WA) released the following statements after bipartisan legislation they introduced to return management of gray wolves to state control advanced in the House of Representatives. The House Natural Resources Committee approved the legislation in a committee markup today.

“Wisconsin farmers are now one step closer to having the legal means to defend their livestock from gray wolves,” said Congressman Duffy. “I’d like to extend a big thank you to the members of the Natural Resources Committee who also agree that states should be the ones to responsibly manage their own gray wolf populations – not Washington bureaucrats.”

“I thank Chairman Bishop and my colleagues on the House Natural Resources Committee for advancing this important legislation to delist the gray wolf,” said Congressman Newhouse. “The best-available science used by the U.S. Department of Interior and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service shows that the gray wolf has recovered and is no longer endangered. I continue to hear from and work with the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, which has been asking for the federal delisting of the gray wolf since 2013. We must return management of the species to states to allow for more effective and accountable management that responds to the needs of the ecosystem, other species, and local communities.”

Background: Management of these gray wolves was transferred from the state to the federal level following two 2014 U.S. District Court decisions that reinstated gray wolves under the protections of the Endangered Species Act. These designations leave farmers and ranchers in those states without a legal avenue to protect their livestock from wolves.

8 thoughts on “De-listing of Gray wolf passes House

  1. Welcome to the up and coming nightmare…..effective and accountable management that responds to the needs of the ecosystem, other species (cattle/sheep), and local communities (farmers, ranchers, hunters).

  2. All this because farmers are too cheap and stupid to use fencing and other non-lethal alternatives to keep wolves away from livestock.

  3. At least when some are moved to Isle Royale, noone will be able to get ‘at’ them. 😦 I feel bad that one wolf died in the process, but in the long run, I think Isle Royale will be a safer place for them.

    While the media circus is going on in Washington, this kind of legislation is sneaking through, and being pushed through, by desperate Democrats as well as Republicans. 😦

  4. I think thos is BS thete are less than 20 attacts on livestock per year. These ranchers are grazing on government land in some places lile Montana Wyoming Wisconsin Utah just to mention a few. We need to continue to keep the Grey wolf and the red wolf on the endangered list. . our so called government needs to do whats write for everyone not just a few.

  5. If you would keep lifestock off of public land there would be no problem maybe we should start teaching people to respect wildlife

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