Posted: Wednesday, January 11, 2017 7:00 am
U.S. Rep. Sean Duffy introduced legislation Tuesday that would return authority to states for determining the protected status of gray wolves.
The Wausau Republican’s plan would let states manage Western Great Lakes and Wyoming gray wolf populations within their boundaries after two U.S. District Court rulings in 2014 put the animals under the protection of the federal
In Wisconsin, we cherish our wildlife and work diligently to conserve our natural resources, but the Endangered Species Act has allowed courts to misuse judicial oversight to stop science-based wildlife management from moving forward to delist the gray wolf,” Duffy said in a statement.
Two state lawmakers from Northern Wisconsin expressed support Tuesday.
A joint statement from state Sen. Tom Tiffany, R-Hazelhurst, and state Rep. Adam Jarchow, R-Balsam Lake, said, “The overpopulation of gray wolves on Wisconsin’s landscape is harming farmers, hunters and residents of rural Wisconsin.”
Last August, the state Department of Natural Resources said a record number of hunting dogs had already been killed by wolves for the year. As of the close of Wisconsin’s bear season in October, at least 40 hunting dogs were confirmed killed by wolves, far exceeding the previous record of 23.
Opponents have argued removing the species from the federal list benefits a handful of people who want to hunt the animal and say a strong wolf population helps the state’s ecosystem as a whole.
Gov. Scott Walker has asked President-elect Donald Trump to help on several issues after he is inaugurated, including the legalization of gray wolf hunting in Wisconsin.
December 15, 2016
Agencies deny sulfide-ore copper lease renewal application; Commit to further study of potential impacts of mining near pristine watershed
WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of the Interior and the Department of Agriculture today announced important steps to protect the watershed of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness (BWCAW), a spectacular area in northeastern Minnesota comprised of more than a million acres of lakes and forests.
Citing broad concerns from thousands of public comments and input about potential impacts of mining on the wilderness area’s watershed, fish and wildlife, and the nearly $45 million recreation economy, the agencies today took actions that denied an application for renewal of two hard rock mineral leases in the area, as well as initiated steps to withdraw key portions of the watershed from new mineral permits and leases.
“The Boundary Waters is a natural treasure, special to the 150,000 who canoe, fish, and recreate there each year, and is the economic life blood to local business that depend on a pristine natural resource,” said Secretary Vilsack. “I have asked Interior to take a time out, conduct a careful environmental analysis and engage the public on whether future mining should be authorized on any federal land next door to the Boundary Waters.” Continue reading
December 13, 20167:12 PM ET
President-elect Donald Trump has selected Montana Rep. Ryan Zinke to be his interior secretary, according to multiple news reports. NPR has not independently confirmed those reports.
Zinke is a first-term congressman and a former Navy SEAL commander who served in Iraq and was awarded two Bronze Stars. He was re-elected to a second term last month with 56 percent of the vote. Continue reading
By Devin Henry – 12/09/16 10:55 AM EST
President-elect Donald Trump is expected to name Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-Wash.) to lead the Interior Department, a source close to the transition team told The Hill Friday. Trump will tap McMorris-Rodgers, a five-term Republican who represents eastern Washington and is the chair of the House GOP Conference, to lead the department. The New York Times first reported the news. Continue reading
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White tail deer congregate in a harvested bean field to forage for food.
The high fences at the Pine Ridge Hunting Lodge in southeast Iowa were put up to keep deer inside, where hunters could pay for the chance to shoot a trophy-sized whitetail buck.
Those same fences now keep wild deer out.
The hunting preserve was shuttered in 2013 and all of the whitetail deer and elk on the grounds were killed to stop the spread of chronic wasting disease, a fatal neurological disease threatening deer and elk herds nationwide.
The Iowa Supreme Court heard arguments Wednesday about whether the Iowa Department of Natural Resources has the authority to order the owners of the land to keep the fences in place to stop wild deer from entering the grounds and potentially being exposed to the disease. Continue reading