House GOP goes on the road for wolf delisting

By Michael Doyle | 05/06/2024 06:30 AM EDT

No Democrats or administration officials appeared at the hearing.

Rep. Cliff Bentz (R-Ore.).

Rep. Cliff Bentz (R-Ore.), chair of the Natural Resources Subcommittee on Water, Wildlife and Fisheries, during a field hearing Friday. Natural Resources Committee/YouTube

House Republicans transported the congressional stage to Minnesota on Friday as they made the case for removing the gray wolf from Endangered Species Act protections.

While the Fish and Wildlife Service is still studying the wolf’s status, six GOP members of a House Natural Resources Committee panel packed a field hearing with witnesses who agreed it’s time to delist a species they say threatens livestock and humans alike.

“In the early 1990s, there were wolves reintroduced in our area, and after that we started seeing the behavior of our livestock changed, and it wasn’t much longer after that we started experiencing losses,” said farmer Nathan Nelson.


Nelson, who is also a Republican member of the Minnesota House of Representatives, led the members of Congress on a tour of his farm prior to the hearing.