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Peterson Renews Call for Legislative Fix to Delist Wolves

WASHINGTON - Today, Congressman Collin C. Peterson (D-Minn.) expressed his disappointment with the decision made by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia to maintain federal Endangered Species Act protections for gray wolves in Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Michigan.

“Once again, the courts have proven themselves ignorant to the facts and science when it comes to determining whether gray wolves in the Western Great Lakes states need federal protections. Even the Obama Administration agreed that gray wolf numbers in these states far exceeded any warranty for relisting,” Peterson said. “Congress needs to fix this situation by passing my bill, the Gray Wolf State Management Act of 2017, so that states can effectively balance safety and economic issues and finally bring relief to my farmers.”

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia ruled on August 1, 2017 to uphold the previous court ruling which resulted in federal control of the gray wolf species in Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Michigan.

The Gray Wolf State Management Act of 2017 (H.R. 424) would return management of gray wolves to Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Michigan and would not allow further judicial review of this action. The bill would not prevent Fish and Wildlife Service from relisting gray wolves if their numbers fall below the agency’s predetermined criteria.

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