FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 6, 2024
Kansas City – Hunter Nation denounces the Biden administration and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) for their decision to make no change to the gray wolf’s status under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). When the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) announced their decision to make no change in the wolf’s status, at least until September 2025, they stated their decision was based, in part, by the fact that the debate over the management of wolves has included more than two decades of litigation where courts have invalidated five out of six rules finalized by the USFWS on the gray wolf status.
Hunter Nation strongly supports the statement issued by Representative Tom Tiffany (Wi-07) where he called on the U.S. House of Representatives to pass the Trust the Science Act
which call for the removal of the gray wolf from the ESA and to return the management of the wolf back to the states. Congressman Tiffinay emphatically stated, “The gray wolf population has recovered, and it’s time for the House to pass the Trust the Science Act to remove the gray wolf from the list of federal endangered species and return management power back to states.” Representative Tiffany supported his position by pointing out that the decision, “is misguided and fails to recognize the harm the species has caused in places like Wisconsin.” Representative Tiffany’s statement is supported by the fact that in 2000, when there were less than 250 wolves in Wisconsin, hunters harvested over 615,000 whitetail deer. However, in 2023, with well over 1,000 wolves in Wisconsin (a 300% increase) the deer harvest has plummeted to under 300,000.
Keith Mark, founder and CEO of Hunter Nation, had this to say about the decision from USFWS: “The time has come to stand up to the well-funded, bully, animal rights groups who have used the courts to keep the gray wolf on the Endangered Species List even though their populations have long since and far exceeded every population goal that was previously agreed upon to trigger delisting. Instead of celebrating the wolf recovery as the tremendous conservation success that has occurred, these anti-hunting groups have used the courts to turn the wolf into a judicial pawn in their game to end all forms of hunting. They know that they could never ban hunting in a fair fight, so their plan is to eliminate all the deer, elk, moose and other game animals, which would, in turn, end hunting and make the American hunter extinct.” Mark went on to say, “Hunters are fortunate to have a champion like Representative Tom Tiffany in the halls of congress, and Hunter Nation will support him and his efforts to delist the gray wolf and return it’s management back to each state, where it belongs. Hunters need to realize that elections have consequences and if this isn’t a wake up call to get hunters to vote in numbers that they have historically failed to do, then we have no one else to blame if our lifestyle becomes extinct.”
For more information about Hunter Nation, or to learn the true facts about the gray wolf, go to: HunterNation.org/delist-the-gray-wolf/
Congressman Tom Tiffany (WI-07) - Press Release - 2/3/2024
“The Biden administration’s U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announcement to make no changes to the status of the Gray wolf under the Endangered Species Act is misguided and fails to recognize the harm the species has caused in places like Wisconsin,” said Congressman Tom Tiffany (WI-07) “The Gray wolf population has recovered, and it’s time for the House to pass the Trust the Science Act to remove the gray wolf from the list of federal endangered species and return management power back to states.”
In fact, even with the announcement today, the USFWS highlighted that its “analysis indicates that wolves are not at risk of extinction in the Western United States now or in the foreseeable future.”
Yesterday, Rep. Tiffany also sent a letter along with colleagues from the Natural Resources Committee to the USFWS about the listing status of wolves and the agencies new “National Dialogue”. This new proposal could impact state’s management plans and could be a tool for the agency to relist wolves in the future.
Congresswoman Lauren Boebert (CO-03) - Press Release 2/5/2024
Congresswoman Lauren Boebert (CO-03) said, “Gray wolves are thriving and are fully recovered. It's absurd that this species still enjoys taxpayer funded protections under the Endangered Species Act. How many more ranchers and farmers must endure losses because the Biden Regime refuses to comply with the law and delist a species that has unnecessarily lingered on the ESA list for nearly 50 years? It's far past time the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services acknowledges the undeniable local recovery efforts and returns management back to the states. Our hardworking agricultural communities deserve better.”