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ICYMI: ESA Working Group Members Praise Delisting of Gray Wolf

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Washington, D.C., Jun 10, 2013 | Jill Strait (202-225-5816) | comments
Members of the Endangered Species Act Working Group applauded the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s decision to delist the gray wolf from the endangered species list:

“The Service’s decision today to delist gray wolves only makes sense, and is long overdue. This untangles the ridiculous situation in Washington, Oregon, and Utah, where wolves had been listed one side of a highway, and not on the other. Private landowners, local governments and states should not be subjected to federal wolf listings when wolf populations are thriving, up as much as 300 percent in some areas, and will be managed much more effectively at the state level. I will continue oversight of the Service’s closed-door ESA settlements with a few litigious groups, and the countless arbitrary deadlines for potentially hundreds of species listings and critical habitat designations over the next few years, most immediately, the Lesser Prairie Chicken, the Greater Sage Grouse, and dozens of others set to go into effect this year without sufficient state and local input.” – House Natural Resources Committee Chairman Doc Hastings (WA-04)

“Score one for the states! I’m encouraged to see state and local species management efforts recognized for their effectiveness and efficiency. We all ought to take a moment to recognize and celebrate conservation victories like this. But tomorrow, its back to the grindstone. In the Southwest is a struggling wolf population that has not thrived – we must consider new ideas in that region. I remember all too well the isolation Wyoming has felt regarding wolves to leave my friends in New Mexico and Arizona behind. And we must be ever vigilant of the courtroom antics of those who would rather sue than celebrate a conservation success.”Rep. Cynthia Lummis (WY-At Large)

The delisting of the Gray Wolf is long overdue and states are more than ready to manage the wolf populations. For quite some time, the Gray Wolf has been ‘recovered’ and the issues with their being listed as an endangered species has limited states from employing responsible management practices, thus allowing the wolves to terrorize public land users and other animal species. I am pleased that states will now be able to actively manage the Gray Wolf population in a way that is beneficial to the wolf population as well as public land users, the sportsmen’s community, and all those whose livelihoods have been impacted by the current listing.”Rep. Rob Bishop (UT-01)

For more information on the ESA Working Group, visit http://ESAworkinggroup.hastings.house.gov

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