February 28, 2020 Press Release
Representatives Collin C. Peterson, D-Minn. and Rob Bishop, R-Utah, today introduced H.R.6035 – to require the Secretary of the Interior to issue a final rule relating to the delisting of the gray wolf under the Endangered Species Act of 1973. The American Wild Game and Livestock Protection Act, would delist the grey wolf from the Endangered Species Act in the lower 48 states and “give states the ability to make their own rules about hunting and culling of gray wolf populations.”
The Senate version of this legislation was introduced in December, 2019, by Senator Mike Lee, with 3 cosponsors.
The legislation would require the Secretary of the Interior to delist the gray wolf from Endangered Species Act protections in the lower 48 states by finalizing the proposed rule entitled “Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; Removing the Gray Wolf (Canis 7 lupus) From the List of Endangered and Threatened Wildlife” (84 Fed. Reg. 9648 (March 15, 4 2019)) and make the issuance of the rule not subject to judicial review. Full press release here, and from Congressman Peterson here.
Read the bill text here.
The energies of politicians would be better spent on pragmatic efforts that help people learn how to live with large carnivores. We must learn to respect, rebuild and conserve ecosystems not just by simple fixes, such as reintroducing species, but by finding ways to mitigate the conflicts that originally caused their loss. The exigency for a natural balance in our ecosystems cannot be overemphasized, as well as the need to acknowledge that this balance is not possible without apex predators, such as the wolf.
Hate-based management, such as we are witnessing right now in Idaho, shows what happens when wolf management is entrusted to State management. This type of moral bankruptcy, and war on wolves is unacceptable and will continue throughout the country if wolves are delisted.
Track this legislation, H.R.6035, here. Track the Senate version, S.3140 here.
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