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Biologist calls Montana wolf resolution weak

[large thumbnail url=”biologist-calls-montana-wolf-resolution-weak” filename=”news” year=”2011″ month=”01″ day=”26″] [thumbnail icon url=”biologist-calls-montana-wolf-resolution-weak” filename=”news” year=”2011″ month=”01″ day=”26″] The Montana House passed a resolution last week calling for the de-listing of gray wolves from the Endangered Species Act on a 99-1 vote. The lone dissenter was Democrat Mike Phillips of Bozeman. House District 3 Republican Jerry O’Neil supported the resolution, which goes onto the state Senate.

O’Neil said he expects the Senate to pass the measure as well.

Will it have any impact on federal lawmakers?

“It probably won’t have as much as I wish it would,” O’Neil said.

Phillips, who has spent much of his career working on wolf restoration in the West, said he does not oppose delisting. He said he believes the state can and should manage wolves.

But this resolution, he claimed, would accomplish little. He said he offered amendments that would urge the state of Wyoming to come up with an acceptable management plan. He also said the Legislature should have urged the federal government to complete more sound science on wolf recovery that would hold up under a court challenge…

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