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Rep. Duffy Pushing Another Wolf Delisting Bill

Wisconsin Ag Connection - September 14, 2018

Another effort is being made to remove the gray wolf from the federal endangered species list. Wisconsin Congressman Sean Duffy is once again sponsoring legislation that would allow certain states manage their own wolf populations by removing court-ordered protections that were put into place by a federal judge several years ago.

"Wisconsin deserves the opportunity to use science-based wildlife management for our own gray wolf population, because we know what's better for our state's ecosystem better than activist judges in Washington," Duffy said this week.

Last year, Duffy, along with Wisconsin Senators Ron Johnson and Tammy Baldwin, proposed a bill that would have required the U.S. Department of the Interior 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. The effort fail to pass, however.

Wolves in the affected states were relisted under the Endangered Species Act four 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.

The latest estimates from the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources show that the wolf population in Wisconsin is around 950 animals.

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