Gray Wolf Legislation Moves Along in House
September 28, 2018

The U.S. House Natural Resources Committee approved legislation this week by Rep. Sean Duffy (Wis.) and Rep. Dan Newhouse (Wash.) to return gray wolf management to the states.

Management of 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.

"I thank Chairman (Rob) Bishop (Utah) and my colleagues on the House Natural Resources Committee for advancing this important legislation to delist the gray wolf," said 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. 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."