Hearing held on wolf delisting bill

A hearing was held Thursday on legislation that would remove the gray wolf from the Endangered Species List permanently.

Wisconsin Congressman Tom Tiffany tells Brownfield that, unlike a previous law that was overturned by a judge, his bill removes the opportunity for judicial review. “What has been stopping the wolf from being permanently delisted? It’s judges on either coast that know very little about wildlife management. They’re interjecting themselves in the process.”

Tom Tiffany

Tiffany is optimistic the bill will get prompt action in the House of Representatives. “I’m hoping we can get to mark-up, in other words, pass it out of committee over the next couple of weeks. I don’t know that for sure (but I’m) hopeful that will happen. And then, hopefully, we can get it to the floor sometime yet in April or May.”

Farmers in the Great Lakes region have had more wolf problems since the pack has recovered past initial population goals.

And, even with the passage, Tiffany says there will be obstacles to managing wolves at the state level. “The official goal by the Fish and Wildlife Service is 100 in Wisconsin and the upper peninsula of Michigan. You know, most people are saying set the number at about 350 and it will be pretty good, but you have people within the Department of Natural Resources and Governor (Tony) Evers that are saying we’re not going to set a number at all.”

The Trust the Science Act is supported by farm groups including Wisconsin Farm Bureau.

Congressman Tom Tiffany discusses the hearing on his Trust the Science Act to remove wolves from the Endangered Species List with Brownfield’s Larry Lee

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