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Capito Co-Sponsors Bill that Removes Gray Wolf Protections

posted Sep 4, 2017, 9:24 PM by chloe owens

7/4/17, by Jake Zuckerman, West Virginia Gazette

Capito co-sponsors bill that removes gray wolf protections

U.S. Sen. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., is co-sponsoring a bill designed to fund wildlife conservation in the U.S. while removing gray wolves from protections under the Endangered Species Act. Sen. John Barrasso, R-Wyo., introduced the Hunting Heritage and Environmental Legacy Preservation for Wildlife Act, and Sens. Ben Cardin, D-Md.; Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn.; John Boozman, R-Ark.; Tammy Baldwin, D-Wis. and Capito signed on as co-sponsors. Specifically, the bill will reauthorize funding for the North American Wetlands Conservation Act, the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation Act, the Neotropical Migratory Bird Conservation Act, the Chesapeake Bay Program, the Chesapeake Bay Gateways and Watertrails network and the Chesapeake Bay Gateways Grants Assistance Program, all until 2023… “This legislation won’t help conservation on the ground anywhere — not a single animal or plant will benefit from this horrible legislation,” said Brett Hartl, government affairs director for the group, in the release. “Sadly, Cardin is trading killing thousands of wolves for a largely symbolic effort to help the Chesapeake Bay. This is a disaster.”