Update – Wolf Management Plan
On August 11, 2015 the Joint TRW Interim Committee met to discuss several topics. If you would like to see the agenda click here.
The Tuesday morning session opened with Travis Jordan, Senior Legislative Assistant to US Senator Mike Enzi, addressed the Task Force regarding Congressional efforts to remove unwarranted federal protection of wolves in Wyoming and the Western Great Lakes DPS. He reported that US Representative Reid Ribble (R-WI) has introduced House of Representatives Bill H.R. 884: To direct the Secretary of the Interior to reissue final rules relating to listing of the gray wolf in the Western Great Lakes and Wyoming. If you would like a link to “track the bill” click here.
It is a simple, 2 page bill that you can access by clicking here. Basically, the bill will direct the Secretary of Interior to restore the rules that led to wolves in the Western Great Lakes GPS and Wyoming. Furthermore, it will prohibit judicial review of this action. This is similar to the rider which was used to remove Idaho and Montana wolves from federal protections; however, this is in the form of a bill, not a rider. Representative Lummis is also a sponsor of this bill. Travis Jordan mentioned that this bill also has bipartisan support and that it looks very promising that it will be passed.
State Representative Sommers also testified before the Joint TRW Committee about the impacts wolves and grizzly bears are having upon the Upper Green River Grazing Association. Rep. Sommers asked the Committee to write a letter to our Congressional delegation urging their support of H.R. 884.
I testified before the Joint TRW Committee as well and asked that they also remind our Congressional delegation that grizzly bears have also met and currently exceed recovery goals and objectives. I mentioned that one more person has been recently killed by grizzly bears and that more attention should be given to human health and safety concerns.
I will keep Wyoming’s Sportsmen and Sportswomen up to date as things progress.