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Senate Advances Legislation Gutting Federal Protections for Wolves

Senators Cardin, Carper Vote to Undermine Endangered Species Act

WASHINGTON— The Senate Environmental and Public Works Committee voted today to advance a bill that would strip protection from thousands of endangered wolves in the Great Lakes region and Wyoming.  

Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.) and Tom Carper (D-Del.) voted with Sen. John Barrasso (R-Wyo.) in what was otherwise a party-line vote to approve the Hunting Heritage and Environmental Legacy Preservation for Wildlife Act, or HELP Wildlife Act.

The bill weakens the Endangered Species Act by blocking any further judicial review of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s 2011 decision to end federal protections for wolves. The legislation also prevents the Environmental Protection Agency from addressing lead pollution’s impacts on fish and other wildlife due to lead-based fishing gear. 

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