WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Representative Kristi Noem (R-SD) today announced her cosponsorship of bipartisan legislation to keep the gray wolf off the endangered species list. 


“The gray wolf is a thriving species that has fully recovered and should no longer be listed as endangered.  The wildlife managers on the ground, researchers, and land owners are in the best position to create and implement new wolf management policies, not bureaucrats in Washington, DC.  This bill will restore management authorities to the states and local authorities and end the abuse of the Endangered Species Act,” said Noem.


“I commend Representative Denny Rehberg for putting in so much time and effort gathering input from stakeholders to make sure we have a policy that reflects the needs and desires of local land owners and stakeholders, not well-funded, extreme environmental special interest groups,” said Noem.


H.R. 509 was introduced by Rep. Denny Rehberg (R-MT) on January 26, 2011.  The bill amends the Endangered Species Act of 1973 to make sure it does not apply to the gray wolf (canis lupus).



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