Klobuchar pushes to remove gray wolves from endangered species list
Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar today called on Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar to expedite the delisting of the Great Lakes gray wolf from the Endangered Species Act (ESA) list. Recent estimates indicate Minnesota's wolf population is nearly 3,000 strong - nearly double the 1,600 minimum the ESA requires to ensure long-term survival - and the increased numbers have the potential to threaten residents, livestock, and the state's hunting industry, which contributes over $600 million a year to Minnesota's economy.
"The Endangered Species Act has helped bring numerous species back from the brink of extinction, and like the bald eagle, the gray wolf has made a comeback in our state," Klobuchar said. "But now these wolves are hurting our farms, families and businesses, and our hunting industry. It is time for a plan that ensures we restore balance to our natural habitats."
Recently, the Department of the Interior announced its support for delisting the gray wolf from the ESA in western states. The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) currently has a management plan ready to implement if the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) delists the gray wolf from the ESA.