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Congressman Peterson welcomes proposal to delist gray wolf

U.S. Rep. Collin Peterson applauds Interior Acting Secretary David Bernhardt for his efforts to delist the gray wolf from the Endangered Species Act in the lower 48 states.

"I am pleased to see that Acting Secretary Bernhardt supports state management of wolves," Peterson said in a news release. "The gray wolf population continues to thrive in Minnesota, and we should be able to delist wolves in our area first, because the state has already proven that it can successfully manage the population."

The proposal "is a step in the right direction," he added, "to ensure that farmers and ranchers in Minnesota can protect their livestock and pets without fear of punishment."

Wolves are currently managed at the state level in Montana, Wyoming and Idaho, and by the federal government in most areas.

Despite being home to the largest wolf population in the continental U.S., wolves continue to be managed by the federal government in Minnesota. Minnesota successfully managed gray wolves from 2012 until 2014, when a court order relisted wolves in all of the western Great Lakes states.