WASHINGTON, D.C. - Representative Greg Walden (R-Hood River) today released the following statement after the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced a plan to delist the gray wolf across the Lower 48 states:
“For years, I’ve heard from ranchers across our district who watched as wolf populations continue to grow, harassing and killing their livestock. This truly threatens their livelihoods. Today’s announcement from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is welcome news for Oregonians and people across the West who have been waiting for action to delist the gray wolf, after the Fish and Wildlife Service said the species had recovered back in 2013. For too long, Oregon ranchers have dealt with an arbitrarily divided management strategy between the state and federal government in different parts of the state. I applaud the Trump Administration for answering their calls for action and moving forward with removing the gray wolf from the federal endangered species list so we can manage wolves locally under the collaboratively developed Oregon Wolf Plan.”
Last Congress, Representative Walden helped pass legislation through the House to formally delist the gray wolf, which the U.S. Fish and Wildlife has proposed since 2013.
Press release from the office of Greg Walden, US Representative of Oregon 2nd District.