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Peterson praises coalition's letter of support for bipartisan Gray Wolf State Management Act

 

November 8, 2018



WASHINGTON – Congressman Collin C. Peterson praised the efforts of 19 agriculture and sportsmen’s organizations that collectively sent a letter to urge Speaker Paul Ryan and Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy to place H.R. 424, the Gray Wolf State Management Act, on the House floor for a vote before the year’s end.

“The issue of removing wolves from the endangered species list is long overdue,” Peterson said. “Cattlemen and farmers have not been able to protect their livestock due to a political court decision made in Washington, DC that overturned a science-based decision made under the Obama Administration demonstrating wolf recovery in our area. Since then, ranchers lost calves during calving season, witnessed decreasing livestock numbers, and even had their pets killed. I am thankful for the coalition support and hope to get my bill passed by the end of the year.”

Last year, the Gray Wolf State Management Act passed through the House Committee on Natural Resources on a bipartisan vote, and is simply awaiting Speaker Paul Ryan’s decision to place the bill on the House floor calendar. Similar language has already proven its ability to pass the House several times over the past few years.

The following organizations make up the coalition and signed the letter supporting H.R. 424:

• American Farm Bureau Federation

• American Sheep Industry Association

• Michigan Cattlemen’s Association

• Michigan Farm Bureau

• Minnesota Deer Hunters Association

• Minnesota Farm Bureau

• Minnesota Farmers Union

• Minnesota Lamb and Wool Producers

• Minnesota State Cattlemen’s Association

• Minnesota Turkey Growers

• National Cattlemen’s Beef Association

• National Farmers Union

• Public Lands Council

• Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation

• Upper Peninsula Sportsmen’s Alliance

• Upper Peninsula Trappers Association

• United States Cattlemen’s Association

• Wisconsin Cattlemen’s Association

• Wisconsin Farm Bureau Federation

 

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