The American Sheep Industry, along with nine other national livestock, hunting and wildlife organizations, applauded the work done by Reps. Mike Simpson (Idaho), chairman of the Subcommittee on Interior and Environment, and Cynthia Lummis (Wyo.) in advancing Sec. 119 of the 2012 Interior-Environment Appropriations Bill, approved this week by the House Appropriations Committee, to address the issue of recovered wolf populations in Wyoming and the Great Lakes region.
In their correspondence, the organizations stated their support for the efforts of Simpson and Lummis to address the issue of the recovered wolf populations in Wyoming and the Great Lakes region. It is the coalition's goal to return the authority of wolf management to the states, which are better equipped to manage wildlife populations in their states than the federal government.
"We will continue to support any legislative efforts that take us closer to complete delisting of recovered populations, including delisting entire states that include or border core populations in order to allow the state(s) to more easily carry out professional wildlife management responsibilities," stated the groups.
Other organizations signing the letter to the representatives included Congressional Sportsmen's Foundation, National Rifle Association, Safari Club International, Boone and Crockett Club, Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, Wild Sheep Foundation, Public Lands Council, National Cattlemen's Beef Association and Pope and Young.