Washington D.C. (WQOW) – Congressional lawmakers have advanced a proposal to strip protections of gray wolves across the United States, which would remove them from the Endangered Species Act.
The bill crafted by Wisconsin Republican Sean Duffy was approved by the U.S. House Natural Resources Committee.
It’s a signal of growing frustration among Republicans over court actions restoring protections for species that government scientists declared to be recovered.
Federal officials removed protections for wolves in the Great Lakes region in 2011, before a court restored protections in 2014.
Rep. Duffy said this move is good news for those who till the soil of Wisconsin.
“Wisconsin farmers are now one step closer to having the legal means to defend their livestock from gray wolves,” Duffy said. “I’d like to extend a big thank you to the members of the Natural Resources Committee who also agree that states should be the ones to responsibly manage their own gray wolf populations – not Washington bureaucrats.”
The bill now goes to the full House of Representatives.