U.S. SENATE – At a U.S. Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee last week, U.S. Senator Steve Daines slammed Department of the Interior Secretary Deb Haaland for failing to follow her own agency’s science-based reviews and delist the grizzly bear and her continued politicization of Montana-led gray wolf management.
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“Earlier this year you authored an editorial on gray wolves, devoid of any facts or substance, but nonetheless threatening my state with an emergency listing. Secretary Haaland, have wolf populations in the Northern Rockies Management Unit fallen below 100 wolves?” Daines asked.
Secretary Haaland was unable to answer despite writing an editorial claiming the Department was “closely monitoring on wolf populations.”
Daines responded, “I can tell you that number. There were an estimated 1,177 wolves in Montana alone this year. The minimum target is 150 for that unit.”