New Congressional Bills Take Aim at Endangered Species Act
Two new bills, one in the Senate and the other in the House, have been introduced that seek to repeal the protected designation of the the gray wolf. Similar bills were introduced in the previous Congress, but these are the first since the fall election. The Seattle Times has a write up on the bills and how they may effect the Endangered Species Act.
In the House, the bill's chief sponsor is Montana Republican Denny Rehberg, who says management of gray wolves should be left to the states. He introduced his bill last week. It has 15 co-sponsors. "I heard from thousands of Montanans, and folks get it," said Rehberg, a rancher from Billings. "They know that states are better at managing our own local wildlife than the federal government thousands of miles away. Unless there's a darn good reason — and there's not — the federal government has no business getting involved."