For Immediate Release

On the same day it is holding a congressional hearing on an extinction package that would cripple endangered species protections, the House Natural Resources Committee approved a bill that will strip the gray wolf of endangered species protections throughout the continental United States. Referred to as the “Manage our Wolves Act,” H.R. 6784 removes all gray wolves from the federal endangered species list and gives full management control to individual states.

Jason Rylander, senior staff attorney at Defenders of Wildlife, issued this statement:

“Science, not politics, should decide when to list and delist species. Gray wolf recovery is well underway, but the work is not done. If Congress really is committed to preserving and protecting wildlife, they would spend their time finding the funding needed to recover species, not attacking the process.”

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