With their final days in office, the outgoing House of Representatives has decided to try and strip protections for endangered wolves. Rather than using their time to tackle important issues like funding the federal government, the House is using its remaining time to continue its attack on the Endangered Species Act, remove scientists from decisions about an individual species, and block our right to challenge these attacks in the courts.

The results of the midterm elections were clear: Americans do not support the actions of the current House of Representatives. The House is disregarding the American public’s strong support for recovering imperiled wolf populations and condemning imperiled wildlife in the process.
– Jamie Rappaport Clark, President and CEO of Defenders of Wildlife
WASHINGTON,
15
November
2018
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07:55 PM
America/New_York

For Immediate Release

Last-Ditch Congressional Attack on Wolves Heads for Floor Vote

The House of Representatives will be holding a last-ditch vote to undermine the Endangered Species Act by stripping protections from most gray wolves across the contiguous 48 states and barring Americans from going to court to challenge the actions. H.R. 6784 – known as the “Manage our Wolves Act” – is scheduled for a floor vote tomorrow. Over 50 groups representing millions of Americans submitted a letter vehemently opposing the bill and the dangerous precedent it sets to allow Congress – not scientists and conservation experts – to make scientific decisions for wildlife and wild lands while cutting out the input of the American people.

Jamie Rappaport Clark, president and CEO of Defenders of Wildlife, issued this statement:

“With their final days in office, the outgoing House of Representatives has decided to try and strip protections for endangered wolves. Rather than using their time to tackle important issues like funding the federal government, the House is using its remaining time to continue its attack on the Endangered Species Act, remove scientists from decisions about an individual species, and block our right to challenge these attacks in the courts.

“The results of the midterm elections were clear: Americans do not support the actions of the current House of Representatives. The House is disregarding the American public’s strong support for recovering imperiled wolf populations and condemning imperiled wildlife in the process.”

Background:

  • The group letter can be found here.
  • This bill directs the FWS to promulgate an administrative rulemaking to delist the gray wolf throughout the continental United States except for the Mexican gray wolf in the Southwest. The gray wolf is currently listed as endangered in most of the lower-48 states.
  • The bill would also overturn a unanimous 2017 D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals decision which reinstated protections for a previously delisted population of wolves in the Great Lakes.
  • The bill precludes judicial review of both of these delisting actions, thus furthering a damaging trend of Congress to undermine Americans’ ability to seek out justice and defend our civil rights, public health, and environment in court.
  • While the return of gray wolves in the northern Rocky Mountains and the Great Lakes has been an incredible success story, this iconic American species still only occupies a small portion of its former range and wolves have only just started to re-enter areas like northern California, where there are large swaths of suitable habitat. This bill would reverse the incredible progress that the ESA has achieved for this species over the past few decades.
  • Text of the bill can be found here. H.R. 6784 will go through rulemaking on Wednesday and final House vote on Friday of this week.

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