Peterson Introduces Gray Wolves Legislation

Feb 12, 2015 Issues: Congressional Issues

WASHINGTON – Congressman Collin C. Peterson today joined a bipartisan group of lawmakers to introduce legislation (H.R. 884) that would return management of the Western Great Lakes Gray Wolf population to state control.

A December 2014 U.S. District Court decision reinstated gray wolves under the protections of the Endangered Species Act in Minnesota. Because of this designation, the state is no longer able to manage gray wolves, leaving farmers and ranchers without a legal way to protect their livestock from wolves.

“This legislation returns gray wolf management to the state of Minnesota where it belongs. Farmers should not have to choose between protecting their livelihood and complying with federal law. This bill will provide a legal avenue to balance safety, economic and gray wolf population management issues,” Peterson said.

The United States Fish and Wildlife Service has found that since the delisting in 2011 through the winter of 2013-2014, numbers of wolves in Minnesota remained above established recovery goals. The agency has determined that Minnesota, Michigan and Wisconsin have managed wolves according to their federally approved management plan and will provide for the long-term conservation of a viable wolf population in the region.