Senator Whitehouse supports wolves and the ESA!
December 18, 2010
Senator Sheldon Whitehouse gives us Hope! He co sponsors the PAW Act and also sits on the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee . Read the letter I received from him recently as he does support the need for gray wolves in North America and also is a strong advocate for the Endangered Species Act. Write your State Senators and urge them to join Senator Whitehouse!
As you may know, on April 2, 2009, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) announced that it would remove the northern Rocky Mountain gray wolf population from the federal list of threatened and endangered species throughout its range in the states of Montana, Idaho, Washington, and Oregon. As a condition for delisting, each state was required to have regulations in place to effectively manage and conserve the gray wolves at or above scientifically supported recovery levels. The gray wolves in Wyoming remained under the protection of the ESA as the state developed adequate state regulations to protect the species.
On August 5, 2010 a federal judge ordered the FWS to restore the gray wolf to the federal list of threatened and endangered species, determining that the ESA does not allow for a partial delisting. On October 26, 2010 the FWS reinstated its former protections for the northern Rocky Mountain gray wolf to comply with the court order. In response to this action, a number of measures have been introduced in the Senate that would modify the wolf’s status under the ESA. In addition, as you pointed out, Secretary Salazar was engaged in negotiations with a number of Western Governors on this issue; however, I am not aware of any agreement that has come out of those negotiations, nor have I seen legislative language reflecting any such agreement.
You can be sure that I will continue to monitor this issue from my position on the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, and I will keep your views in mind should any legislation regarding the gray wolf be considered. As a strong supporter of the Endangered Species Act, I will also continue to push Congress to provide enhanced protections for endangered plants and wildlife.
Again, thank you for taking the time to contact me. I hope you will continue to keep me advised of your thoughts on any issues of concern to you.