WASHINGTON, D.C. – This week Rep. Dan Newhouse led 36 members of Congress in urging the delisting of the gray wolf under the endangered species act.
In a letter to U.S. Department of the Interior Secretary Sally Jewell and Director of U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Dan Ashe, Newhouse and other members urged the administration to move forward with the implementation of its proposed rule, published on June 13, 2013, that would delist the gray wolf (Canis lupus) nationally from the “List of Endangered and Threatened Wildlife” under the Endangered Species Act.
The letter indicates support of the proposal, but expresses concern at the lack of progress. The letter also notes the increased numbers of gray wolves along with new scientific understanding of the species.
The letter also says the current listing prevents states from managing the local wolf population, preventing them from supporting wolf recovery by removing problem wolves from the population.
Last week, Newhouse introduced legislation co-sponsored by Rep. Greg Walden (R-OR) and Rep. Chris Stewart (R-UT) that would specifically delist the gray wolf in Washington, Oregon and Utah and return management authority for the species back to the individual states.
The Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife Service sent a letter supporting the legislation’s goal to delist the gray wolf in the state.