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Comment Period Extended for Delisting Gray Wolves
Wisconsin Ag Connection - 05/20/2019

The nation's acting interior secretary announced that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has extended the public comment deadline on a proposal to delist the gray wolf in the lower 48 states and return management of the species to the states and tribes. David Bernhardt says farmers and other citizens now have until July 15 to share their thoughts.

The agency recently concluded that recovery of the gray wolf under the Endangered Species Act has been a successful effort that took the national wolf population from about 1,000 in the mid-1970s to more than 5,000 now.

A proposed amendment drafted by Wisconsin Senators Ron Johnson and Tammy Baldwin that would have delisted the wolf in certain states failed to pass earlier this year.

The American Farm Bureau said the proposal is welcome news to farmers and ranchers, many of which have lost livestock to predatory animals like wolves.

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