House of Representatives votes to remove gray wolves from endangered species list

April 30, 2024
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Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

WASHINGTON – Lawmakers are one step closer to removing the gray wolf from the endangered species list, an effort that has been a focus in Wisconsin’s congressional delegation.

The House on Tuesday passed the so-called Trust the Science Act, authored by Colorado Republican Rep. Lauren Boebert and co-sponsored by Republican Rep. Tom Tiffany and Wisconsin’s other House Republicans, on a 209-205 vote.

The bill would permanently remove the gray wolf from protections of the federal Endangered Species Act of 1973 and restore wolf management authority to state lawmakers and state wildlife officials.

On Tuesday, Wisconsin’s five House Republicans supported the bill while Democratic Rep. Mark Pocan and Gwen Moore voted against it. Overall, just four Democrats supported the measure, and four Republicans voted against it.

"This is just a crazy member of Congress, who doesn't believe in science, who is trying to undercut the process," Pocan said, referencing Boebert.