Bipartisan Coalition Calls for Delisting Gray Wolf

Reps. Dan Newhouse (Wash.) and Collin Peterson (Minn.) led a bipartisan letter to U.S. Department of the Interior Secretary David Bernhardt and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Principal Deputy Director Margaret Everson expressing strong support for the proposed rule to delist the gray wolf from the Endangered Species Act in the lower 48 United States. The letter was signed by 34 bipartisan members of Congress and will be submitted as an official public comment in the Federal Register. The public comment submission period deadline is July 15.

"The gray wolf should be considered a success story of the Endangered Species Act," said Newhouse. "Federally delisting the gray wolf will allow Washington state to implement the comprehensive wolf management plan that will give relief to farmers, ranchers and communities that are affected by growing wolf populations. It is time to listen to the experts and scientists who have determined the gray wolf is no longer endangered or threatened, and give power back to the states."

"The delisting of the gray wolf from the Endangered Species Act is something I've been working on for a long time," said Peterson. "Scientific research clearly shows that the gray wolf population in this country has recovered, especially in the state of Minnesota. State agencies are better equipped to manage wolf populations and should have been doing so years ago."

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