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STATEMENT | Federal Protections Restored to Gray Wolves

Hudson Kingston

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Federal Protections Restored to Gray Wolves

PEER applauds the restoration of Endangered Species Act protection for the gray wolf, announced last night. Continuing to protect wolves within their entire historic range under the Endangered Species Act will protect ecosystems and assure the long-term recovery of this important keystone species. Wolves are only starting to recover in places like Colorado, with its first ever pup born in the state identified this week, so delisting was both premature and inconsistent with the science. While the ruling prohibits wolf hunting and trapping in most states, it is imperative that additional steps be taken to ensure that wolf and other predator populations not affected by the ruling are more humanely and scientifically managed. That is why we continue to urge Secretary Deb Haaland to withhold Pittman-Robertson funds from states that participate in predator slaughter and inhumane hunting practices.

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