By KEN KRALL
A bill to de-list the gray wolf from federal endangered species protection is likely to make it into a large spending bill before Congress.
During a town hall meeting in Rhinelander Friday, Congressman Sean Duffy was asked about the bill which he authored which would return wolf management to the states.
The bill passed the U.S. House, but Duffy said it is unlikely to make it through the Senate…
“…I can’t get a stand-alone bill out of the (U.S.) Senate. A lot of Senators, Democrats and Republicans who say they support it don’t want to work for it. You can look at who that is yourself. I’m trying to get it into the end of the year Omnibus package to pass with this big spending bill….”
The House narrowly passed the Manage our Wolves Act, which would remove the gray wolf in the lower 48 states from the endangered species list. The bill would enforce and protect from judicial review previous U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service decisions to de-list wolves in Wyoming and the western Great Lakes.
The bill requires the feds to de-list gray wolves by the end of 2019.