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Great Lakes Wolf Protection May Be Endangered

posted Feb 2, 2016, 10:41 PM by chloe owens

12/14/15, by John Myers, Duluth News Tribune

Great Lakes wolf protection may be endangered

…several lawmakers say they support a wolf delisting amendment, or rider, to be included in one of the 12 budget bills now working through the House, most likely one funding the Interior Department…Those provisions would almost certainly pass the House and would be harder for the Senate or president to nix. U.S. Reps. Collin Peterson, D-Minn., and Reid Ribble, R-Wis., are pushing the wolf amendment, saying wolf management belongs in the hands of state wildlife agencies…Wolf advocates say adding policy riders to budget bills is a mistake and that state wildlife agencies can’t be trusted to preserve wolf populations. “It’s sneaky and undemocratic and it’s a way to avoid public scrutiny. This is the only way they can pass bad policy that would never be able to pass on its own,”…To make the situation even more divisive, and confusing, dueling groups of scientists support opposite viewpoints on what should happen to the wolf – one favoring delisting and another advocating ongoing protections…In one case more than 70 wildlife scientists signed a letter calling for continued federal protection. l