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Congressional Bid to Remove Wisconsin Wolves from Endangered Species List Falls Flat

posted May 8, 2018, 5:35 PM by chloe owens

3/25/18, by Rich Kremer, Wisconsin and the World NPR

Congressional Bid to Remove Wisconsin Wolves from Endangered Species List Falls Flat

An effort to remove the Great Lakes gray wolf from the federal endangered species list failed last week when Congress approved an omnibus spending bill. Late last year language to remove protections for the animal in Wisconsin and the rest of the Western Great Lakes region was included in the House Interior and Environment appropriations bill. But in the flurry to get a spending plan passed before a Friday deadline, the rider was pulled from the final bill that was signed by President Donald Trump Friday afternoon…”The public deserves standalone bills to hear a good debate on things and not with riders," said Smith. "Wolves and budgets don't really make sense. So, we're really pleased that those riders were struck." The congressional attempt to remove federal protections for gray wolves in Wisconsin, Minnesota and Michigan is aimed at nullifying a 2014 ruling by a federal judge that placed the wolf back on the endangered species list after the U.S. Department of the Interior removed it three years before. A federal appeals court upheld that ruling last year.

https://www.wpr.org/congressional-bid-remove-wisconsin-wolves-endangered-species-list-falls-flat

 

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