The U.S. House passed legislation to remove the gray wolf from protection under the Endangered Species Act in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan and Wyoming. The bill now moves to the Senate floor for a vote. However, House Agriculture Committee Ranking Member Collin Peterson, who also co-sponsored the bill, is not optimistic. “It only passed the House 194 to 180, so I don’t think there’s much chance,” says Peterson. “What I’m trying to do is show the Senate there’s support in the House. Maybe that will help get it added into one of these must-pass bills at the end of the year. I’m not giving up because we will not get a bill out of the House when the Democrats are in charge.” With passage, the act reverses a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service decision blocked in Federal court.
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