Managing gray wolves in the West took center stage in Washington, D.C., Thursday as eight members of the House of Representatives introduced legislation to remove the gray wolf from the endangered species list, and Montana’s senators sent a letter to Interior Secretary Ken Salazar, urging him to continue working on returning wolf management to the Treasure State, Idaho and Wyoming.
Bills of every which way you can come up with are being pushed in Congress to remove federal protection from Northern Rocky Mountain wolves by Western lawmakers. However, there is admission that not even they have a consensus as to how this should be done and are still looking for a unified way forward.
8 members of the Congressional Western Caucus on Thursday introduced the State Sovereignty Wildlife Management Act which would remove wolves from the Endangered Species List and return their management to the states.
From the Helena Independent Record ,
“Returning wolf management to the states isn’t a partisan issue that pits Republicans against Democrats. It’s about state’s rights,” Rehberg said. “After holding hearings in Montana and reading thousands of comments, it’s clear that folks in Western states like Montana are sick and tired of powerful environmental interest groups funded out of places like San Francisco and New York telling us how to manage our lands, resources and wildlife.”
Keeping all of this nonsense from happening was the purpose of the ESA in the first place. There are pro-wolf organizations, blogs, activists... located right in the West along with thousands of comments from pro-wolfers.