State Lawmakers Renew Push for Congress to Delist Gray Wolves
Wisconsin Ag Connection - 08/03/2017
Following this week's ruling by a federal appeals court to keep the gray wolf on the Endangered Species List, two state lawmakers are renewing their push for Congress to take action on delisting the animals. State Senator Tom Tiffany of Hazelhurst and Rep.
Adam Jarchow from Balsam Lake called on leaders in Washington to vote and approve pending legislation that would ultimately give states the right to control their own wolf populations.
"[Tuesday's] ruling by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit should serve as a clarion call not only to Wisconsin's Congressional delegation, but Congress as a whole that we are left with no other path forward in managing the overpopulation of gray
wolves in our state," the statement said. "Now, thanks to judges in Washington, D.C., the farmers, hunters and residents of rural Wisconsin will have to continue to suffer the consequences of this harmful decision."
The two Republican legislators say the time has come for Congress to act on the legislation offered by Wisconsin Congressman Sean Duffy and Senators Ron Johnson and Tammy Baldwin to delist the gray wolf.
Tiffany and Jarchow organized the Great Lakes Wolf Summit in Wisconsin last fall as a way to educate government officials and the public about the problems local farmers are facing as a result of the increased wolf numbers.
They say the population of wolves in Wisconsin alone has ballooned to over 900 animals.