Groups Call for Full Delisting of Wolves Nationwide
The National Cattlemen's Beef Association and Public Lands Council support the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service proposal to remove the gray wolf from the list of threatened and endangered species. FWS said it intends to maintain protection status and expand recovery efforts for the Mexican wolf in the Southwest. NCBA and PLC believe the Mexican wolves in the Southwest should also be delisted. NCBA President Scott George says the wolf has far surpassed FWS recovery goals across the country. He adds that unlike most other species listed under the Endangered Species Act - wolves pose a serious threat to wildlife, humans and private property - especially livestock. George says it's time to turn management over to the states. He says wolf depredation of livestock is increasing to untenable levels in areas where wolves are still protected. He says it's time to end the unwarranted listing of Mexican wolf.
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