Lawmakers to Baldwin: Act on Wolf Delisting Provision
Wisconsin Ag Connection - 12/02/2016
Two rural Wisconsin lawmakers want U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin to put her money where her month is by pressing her Democratic colleagues to delist wolves in Wisconsin and other states from the Endangered Species List. State Sen. Tom Tiffany of Hazelhurst and Rep. Adam Jarchow from Balsam Lake released another statement this week calling on Baldwin to help approve the North American Energy Security and Infrastructure Act of 2016, which includes delisting language.
"It is our understanding that Congress is on the brink of passing this bill," the GOP lawmakers said. "However, we have been informed that Senator Maria Cantwell (D-Washington) is standing in the way of the delisting legislation. We expect Senator Baldwin to
use her new influence as a member of the Senate Democratic leadership team to push her colleagues to pass this bill."
Last month, Baldwin stated that she has called on 'Congressional leadership and my colleagues in the United States Senate to pass legislation to delist the wolf and return management to the state by the end of this year.'
Tiffany and Jarchow organized the Great Lakes Wolf Summit in Wisconsin earlier this fall. They also asked Baldwin to take action on the issue in early November after Sen. Ron Johnson and Rep. Reid Ribble introduced a bill earlier this year to remove those
protections in Wisconsin, Michigan, Minnesota and Wyoming.
The lawmakers say the population of wolves in Wisconsin alone has ballooned to almost 900 animals.