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Gwen Moore to Wisconsin Herders: Drop Dead!

Of course Congresswoman doesn’t care about Wisconsin farmers, I doubt she has a single one in her district, and the only time she’d ever see a gray wolf is in the Milwaukee Co. Zoo.

Besides, there’s no racial element attached.

Most of Wisconsin’s Congressional delegation has joined the push to get the gray wolf taken off the endangered species list in the western Great Lakes region.

U.S. Rep. Tammy Baldwin, U.S. Sen. Herb Kohl, U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson, U.S. Rep. James Sensenbrenner, U.S. Rep. Thomas Petri, U.S. Rep. Ron Kind, U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan, U.S. Rep. Sean Duffy, and U.S. Rep. Reid Ribble have joined forces to request that the gray wolf be removed from the endangered species list list.

The Fish and Wildlife Service announced last spring that it wants to again delist the gray wolf in Wisconsin, Michigan and Minnesota. But recently the service extended the comment period for the proposed change, as scientists take a longer look at whether what some feel is a separate second type of wolf in Wisconsin, the Eastern Wolf, would be harmed if the gray is no longer listed as endangered. Rep. Tammy Baldwin wrote the letter that asks the Fish and Wildlife Service to move ahead with delisting the gray wolf. She says the gray and eastern are pretty much the same animal.

Baldwin says some farmers and other state residents have complained to her about the growing number of gray wolves, and say the state needs to have more options to control the wolf population. Milwaukee Democrat Gwen Moore declined to sign the letter, which was sent to the Fish and Wildlife Service.

Department of Natural Resources Secretary Cathy Stepp reacted to the action of the delegation.

“The department appreciates the support of these members of Congress in supporting our belief that clouding the delisting process by recognizing two physically indistinguishable species of wolves in Wisconsin is neither practical nor defensible,” Stepp said.

Wisconsin currently has the third-most amount of gray wolves of any state, next to Alaska and Minnesota.  While a hunting season may be in the future for these animals, the reality is this is more about allowing property owners to defend their livestock from a wolf attack by shooting the wolves.

Currently, because of the gray wolves extended stay on the endangered species list, farmers have been pretty much helpless from saving their animals from the wolves.  The fact that Baldwin’s not only on board, but had her office write the letter, shows these things are now in the rural parts of her district and wrecking havoc there.

(It also may be a calculated move to show she’s not as lock-step with the hard environmentalist left as claimed — she really is — as she attempts a statewide run for the United States Senate.)

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  • I vote for ‘political calculation.’

    The option of S-S-S remains viable, by the way.