Gray Wolf Delisting Passes in U.S. House
November 16, 2018
The American Sheep Industry Association joins the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, the Public Lands Council and other livestock organizations in expressing gratitude for the passage of H.R. 6784, the Manage our Wolves Act, today in the U.S. House of Representatives.
The groups had written congressional leaders earlier this week to urge passage of the act. “In 2011 and 2012 respectively, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service under President Obama issued final rules to remove gray wolves in the Western Great Lakes (76 FR 81666) and Wyoming (77 FR 55530) from federal protection under the Endangered Species Act. This decision was informed by the best scientific and commercial data available, but activist litigants used the judicial system to circumvent sound science and restore full ESA protections to these predators,” the letter read.
“Current and emerging science continues to find that wolf populations have been fully recovered, not only in Wyoming and the Western Great Lakes, but across the contiguous 48 states. For this reason, gray wolves should be removed from the List of Threatened and Endangered Species and fully returned to the purview of state agencies.”
ASI and other livestock organizations also signed onto a letter of support for H.R. 424 – the Gray Wolf State Management Act – to congressional leaders in early November.
“Currently, families living in rural America have no legal actions available to deal with gray wolf attacks due to their federally protected status,” the letter stated. “The Gray Wolf State Management Act would delist gray wolves in the Western Great Lakes states and Wyoming from federal protections and return their management to the states.”
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