Thursday, December 09, 2010

Gray wolf a growing problem for US cattle

The State Sovereignty Wildlife Management Act, which would return management authority of gray wolves to the states and remove them from the endangered species list, is supported by the Public Lands Council (PLC) and the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA). US Representatives Rob Bishop (R-Utah); Mike Simpson (R-Idaho); Denny Rehberg (R-Mont.); Cynthia Lummis (R-Wyo.); Trent Franks (R-Ariz.); Wally Herger (R-Calif.); Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah); and Dean Heller (R-Nev.) introduced the legislation. PLC and NCBA support their efforts to return wolf management to states and bring relief to livestock producers. Unlike many species listed under the ESA, wolves pose a serious threat to wildlife, humans and private property, especially livestock, said John Falen, PLC president and federal lands rancher. He said the FWS does not have resources to manage continued listing of the gray wolf under the ESA. He also noted studies have shown for every confirmed kill of livestock there are seven to eight that go unconfirmed...more

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