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House Passes Duffy Bill to Drop Gray Wolf Protections

MATTHEW DALY, Associated Press
Updated: November 16, 2018 07:43 PM

WASHINGTON (AP) - The House has passed a bill from Wisconsin Republican Congressman Sean Duffy to drop legal protections for gray wolves across the lower 48 states, reopening a lengthy battle over the predator species.

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Long despised by farmers and ranchers, wolves were shot, trapped and poisoned out of existence in most of the U.S. by the mid-20th century. Since securing protection in the 1970s, wolves have bounced back in the western Great Lakes states of Michigan, Minnesota and Wisconsin, as well as in the Northern Rockies and Pacific Northwest.

The Fish and Wildlife Service is reviewing the wolf's status and is expected to declare they've recovered sufficiently to be removed from protection under the Endangered Species Act.

Duffy's bill is co-sponsored by Minnesota Democrat Collin Peterson and two Republicans from Washington state.

The House bill enshrines that policy in law. It was approved, 196-180, and now goes to the Senate.

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