September 16, 2011
Thank you for contacting me regarding the gray wolf. It is good to hear from you.
I believe the delisting of the gray wolf is an issue that is solely Wyoming's. Washington, D.C.'s "one size fits all" approach to public policy does not serve our best interests. On July 7, 2011, Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar travelled to Wyoming to meet with Governor Mead for final negotiations on a state wolf management plan. Secretary Salazar subsequently announced a tentative plan that included removing the gray wolf from the endangered species list.
Neither side is arguing that the gray wolf shouldn't be managed so that they remain a viable part of the ecosystem. Using practical, commonsense management tools at the State and local level will allow the gray wolf to be protected while at the same time allowing for vibrant and economically strong communities to thrive. I do not believe that the solution needs to be one or the other.
Thanks again for sharing your views on this issue. I appreciate your input.
John Barrasso, M.D.
United States Senator