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Johnson & Baldwin Amendment Aims to Delist Gray Wolf
USAgNet - 02/08/2019

After falling short during the last session of congress, U.S. Senators Ron Johnson and Tammy Baldwin are once again pushing legislation that would delist the gray wolf in Wisconsin, Michigan, Minnesota, as well as Wyoming under the Endangered Species Act. On Wednesday, the Wisconsin lawmakers proposed a bipartisan amendment to the Natural Resources Management Act that would restore wolves to the status determined to be appropriate by Department of Interior wildlife experts; thus allowing individual states to develop their own wolf population management program.

"Four years ago, an activist federal judge ignored recommendations from wildlife experts and President Obama's Department of the Interior to delist the gray wolf as an endangered species in the western Great Lakes," Johnson said. "It is past time for Congress to act on what we have heard from state DNR experts, Wisconsin farmers, ranchers, loggers and sportsmen for years: Gray wolf listing decisions should come from wildlife experts, not from courtrooms."

The senators have been working to remove the gray wolf from the endangered species list since 2015. They say the animal maintains a stable and growing population with an expanding territory in Wisconsin.

A similar measure has recently been introduced in the House by Rep. Sean Duffy.

At last count, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources estimates the state's wolf population to be around 950 animals.

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