For Immediate Release:
Washington, D.C. – The Gray Wolf State Management Act, a bipartisan bill introduced by Congresswoman Liz Cheney (WY-AL) and Congressman Collin C. Peterson (MN-07) in January, to remove the gray wolf from the list of threatened and endangered species under the Endangered Species Act and limit further judicial review of the decision, passed the House Natural Resources Committee today.
“I’m pleased the Gray Wolf State Management Act, a bill that I’m honored to sponsor, passed the House Natural Resources Committee today. This bill supports the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service decision to delist the gray wolf in Wyoming and prohibits further judicial review of the delisting decision. For far too long our court system has been abused by radical environmental groups filing frivolous lawsuits to prevent Wyoming from managing our gray wolf population, despite repeated delisting decisions and the approval of our state management plan. This bill will end that and provide our farmers, ranchers and other citizens with the certainty that they can protect their livestock and livelihood under state management of the gray wolf.”
Gray wolves in Wyoming were originally delisted by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) on September 10, 2012 (77 Fed. Reg. 55530), allowing the State of Wyoming to manage the population using its federally approved Wolf Management Plan. However, on September 23, 2014, a U.S. District Court Judge in Washington, D.C. ruled in favor of a lawsuit brought by the eastern courts and overturned the FWS decision which relisted the gray wolf in Wyoming. On April 26, 2017 the Circuit Court of Appeals in Washington D.C. overturned the 2014 decision by the federal District Court judge and upheld Wyoming’s plan to manage the wolf population.
Press Contact: Maddy Weast – Maddy.Weast@mail.house.gov