Thank you for contacting me about the gray wolf’s endangered species status. I appreciate you taking the time to make me aware of your concerns on this important matter.
In 1973, the gray wolf population in the continental United States was near extinction. Through years of careful management, the gray wolf population steadily increased. In 2003, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services (FWS) determined that several subtypes of gray wolves were sufficiently recovered and delisted them as an endangered species. However, two separate Federal Courts found FWS violated the Endangered Species Act (ESA) in removing the gray wolf from the list of endangered species, and FWS reversed course. Subsequent attempts to delist the gray wolf have also been found to violate the ESA.
Effective animal conservation policies must be based on scientific facts and real world data. That is why I voted against the Newhouse Amendment last Congress, which would have prohibited FWS from listing gray wolves as an endangered species. Rest assured, I am committed to supporting responsible conservation policies that protect threatened species, such as the Gray Wolf. Congress should not interfere with FWS’ ability to make endangered species listing determinations on the basis of science.
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