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Legislation to Delist Wolves Passes House Committee
USAgNet - 10/06/2017

A bill that would allow certain states manage their own gray wolf populations by removing court-ordered protections for them has been approved by the House Committee on Natural Resources. As part of the measure, the U.S. Department of the Interior would be required to reissue two rules that remove such protections under the Endangered Species Act of 1973 for animals in Wisconsin, Michigan, and Minnesota, as well as portions of North Dakota, South Dakota, Wyoming ,Iowa, Illinois, Indiana and Ohio. In addition, the policy would prohibit judicial review of the reissued rules.

"For years I've heard about problems caused by the growing gray wolf population throughout northern Wisconsin. Most recently, those reports include fatal attacks on hunting dogs," said Sen. Ron Johnson of Wisconsin in a statement. "Future gray wolf listing decisions should come from wildlife experts, not liberal judges. I will keep pushing my colleagues for congressional action on this bipartisan priority until it becomes law."

Wolves in the affected states were relisted under the Endangered Species Act three years ago by a federal judge. Prior to that time, states were given the authority to regulate wolf populations, which prompted Wisconsin to offer a limited hunting season for the animals.

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