Wolves Removed From Endangered Species List

A state senator who represents much of the East Side of Summit County wants wolves removed from the federal Endangered Species List.

Sen. Allen Christensen, R-North Ogden, has introduced Senate Concurrent Resolution 15, which urges Congress to eliminate the federal protection for wolves.

According to Christensen, large wolf populations are impacting livestock, game populations and pets.

Rural economies are damaged when wolves attack other animals, the resolution states.

Wolves have even begun threatening people, according to Christensen.

In Utah, wolves in a small portion of the state have been removed from list. But wolves in most of Utah are still protected by federal law.

Christensen claimed the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has repeatedly failed to listen to Utah's governors, senators and congressmen who have asked for wolves throughout the entire state to be removed from the list.

According to S.C.R. 15, federal wildlife officials "only included a small portion of northern Utah in the potential delisting zone, leaving nearly the entire state of Utah as an Endangered Species classification with no hope or promise of a solution to the wolf problem for decades into the future."

State wildlife officials have also urged the federal government to remove wolves from the Endangered Species List, Christensen said.

Last week, Sen. Ross Romero, D-Salt Lake City, was the only senator who voted against the resolution.

Romero said he disagreed with some of the language used in the legislation.

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