Congressman Blumenauer Sends a Letter to the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) Condemning their Support for the Delisting of the Gray Wolf

May 28, 2019
Press Release
Congressman Earl Blumenauer (OR-03), co-chair of the Congressional Animal Protection Caucus, today sent a letter to the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) condemning their endorsement of the administration’s proposal to delist gray wolves from the Endangered Species Act (ESA)
 
“I am shocked and appalled at the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife’s (ODFW) recent abdication of its mission to protect and enhance Oregon's fish and wildlife for use and enjoyment by present and future generations,” wrote Rep. Blumenauer. “If the state moves forward with its proposed plan, non-lethal requirements will be weakened, and more wolves will be killed, more frequently, in more parts of the state like Mt. Hood and the Rogue watershed. Take all of this together, and it’s a true death sentence for gray wolves in Oregon and across the country.”
 
“As co-chair of the Congressional Animal Protection Caucus and a proud representative of Oregon in the U.S. Congress, I am ashamed by your willingness to throw an incredibly important predator species under the bus in favor of a few private interests that clearly have a different mission than your agency. Will the wolves recover in Oregon? If they do, it’ll be despite your best efforts.”
 
Congressman Blumenauer has spoken out against the delisting of gray wolves from the ESA. He also joined other members of Congress in sending a letter to Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt urging the agency to reverse this decision. 
 
Click here to read the full letter.
 
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