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Barrasso Pushes Rule to Quash Wolf Lawsuits

posted Sep 4, 2017, 10:02 PM by chloe owens

8/2/17, by Mike Koshmri, Jackson Hole News & Guide

Barrasso pushes rule to quash wolf lawsuits

Wyoming is already in charge of its wolves, but U.S. Sen. John Barrasso has set out to ensure that the courts can’t ever jeopardize the state’s jurisdiction. His congressional counterparts, so far, agree. A delisting provision prohibiting legal challenges of wolf delisting in Wyoming, Minnesota, Wisconsin and Michigan is bundled with Barrasso’s Hunting Heritage and Environmental Legacy Preservation for Wildlife Act, dubbed the HELP Act. The legislation passed committee 14-to-7 on July 26, but not before Sen. Tom Carper, D-Del., failed to quash what some call an end run around the Endangered Species Act. “I have a strong interest in preserving the publicly informed, science-driven process that currently exists for making endangered species determinations,” Carper told fellow legislators at a Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works meeting last week. “And I’m not sure that legislatively delisting species is consistent with that interest.” Carper’s amendment was shot down. In addition to prohibiting legal challenges, the HELP Act also automatically returns wolf management to the Great Lakes states, where about 3,500 of the large canines roam.