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Westerman Statement on Passage of H.R. 6784, Manage Our Wolves Act

November 16, 2018
Press Release

WASHINGTON- Congressman Bruce Westerman (AR-04) issued the following statement Friday (November 16) upon passage on H.R. 6784- the Manage Our Wolves Act:

“This bipartisan bill would accomplish what multiple administrations have been attempting to do for over a decade by delisting a species that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has deemed recovered under the Endangered Species Act,” Westerman said. “The gray wolf has been protected by the Endangered Species Act in its original habitat in the Western Great Lakes region since 1974. The ESA is a form of management that has allowed us to consciously protect this species by relocating and reintroducing the wolves to the western U.S. Now that the population has reached an acceptable level, delisting the gray wolf makes it possible to manage the species population at a constant level. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service attempted to delist the gray wolf in 2009 and 2014 but was challenged by serial litigants. Rather than spend its limited resources protecting vulnerable species, litigation activists have forced the agency to continuously defend every action. This bill will prevent the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service from wasting further resources responding to legal action environmental activists. It will also empower states to manage their individual wolf population and provide needed certainty to species management plans. For these reasons, I was glad to cast my vote for H.R. 6784.”