McMorris Rodgers Sends Letter to Secretary Zinke Urging Delisting of Gray Wolf and Against Grizzly Reintroduction

WASHINGTON, D.C. (June 12, 2018) – Today, Eastern Washington Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers (WA-05) sent a letter to Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke formally requesting the department both delist the gray wolf from the Endangered Species Act (ESA) and oppose the reintroduction of the grizzly bear into the North Cascades.

In the letter, McMorris Rodgers says, “I write this letter expressing my desire that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) delist the gray wolf from the Endangered Species Act (ESA). At the same time, I write to oppose the reintroduction of the grizzly bear through North Cascades Ecosystem Grizzly Bear Restoration Plan. For too long, the people of Eastern Washington have had to cope with the mismanagement of one apex predator, and the introduction of a second apex predator will only further risk lives and safety. I request that both decisions receive renewed attention and consultation in conjunction with local government officials and residents to find a solution supported by the people of Eastern Washington.”

She continued, “Following your trip to Washington State, I have received substantial feedback from local representatives, state and county officials, residents, and business owners opposing reintroducing the Grizzly Bear into the North Cascades…Keeping the gray wolf listed and reintroducing the grizzly bear would have devastating consequences in Eastern Washington. I urge you thoroughly revisit both of these issues and thank you for your consideration.”

You can read the Congresswoman’s full letter to Secretary Zinke by CLICKING HERE.

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