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2011: Legislative year of the wolf

[large thumbnail url=”2011-legislative-year-of-the-wolf” filename=”news” year=”2011″ month=”02″ day=”08″] [thumbnail icon url=”2011-legislative-year-of-the-wolf” filename=”news” year=”2011″ month=”02″ day=”08″] In the first effort to change the Endangered Species Act in the new Congress, bills have been introduced in the House of Representatives and the Senate to remove the gray wolf from the list of protected animals. Proponents say that the national wolf population, estimated at 12,000 to 16,000, has recovered sufficiently.

In the House, the bill has been referred to the Natural Resources Committee, headed by Washington state Republican Rep. Doc Hastings. Although he’s not a co-sponsor of the legislation, Hastings backs the idea.

“If they’re not endangered anymore, then shouldn’t some action be taken?” Hastings asked. And if an abundance of wolves is posing a threat to cattle, he said, “then there needs to be a way to deal with that.”

In the Senate, the bill is headed to the Environment and Public Works Committee, chaired by Democratic Sen. Barbara Boxer of California. She opposes the legislation, saying the bill “undermines the Endangered Species Act and threatens the continued existence of the gray wolf across this country.”

Environmental groups are getting ready for their first big fight of the year…

Read the entire article on miamiherald.com: Lawmakers aim to delist gray wolves as endangered

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