H. Rept. 115-487 1 (2018-01-08)

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                   115TH CONGRESS                                 f   REPORT
                      2d Session    HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES          115-487





                        GRAY WOLF STATE MANAGEMENT ACT OF 2017


                    JANUARY 8, 2018.-Committed to the Committee of the Whole House on the State
                                    of the Union and ordered to be printed


                    Mr. BISHOP of Utah, from the Committee on Natural Resources,
                                       submitted the following


                                          REPORT

                                            together with

                                        DISSENTING VIEWS

                                        [To accompany H.R. 424]

                            [Including cost estimate of the Congressional Budget Office]
                     The Committee on Natural Resources, to whom was referred the
                   bill (H.R. 424) to direct the Secretary of the Interior to reissue final
                   rules relating to listing of the gray wolf in the Western Great
                   Lakes and Wyoming under the Endangered Species Act of 1973,
                   and for other purposes, having considered the same, report favor-
                   ably thereon without amendment and recommend that the bill do
                   pass.
                                        PURPOSE OF THE BILL
                     The purpose of H.R. 424 is to direct the Secretary of the Interior
                   to reissue final rules relating to listing of the gray wolf in the
                   Western Great Lakes and Wyoming under the Endangered Species
                   Act of 1973.
                               BACKGROUND AND NEED FOR LEGISLATION
                     Gray wolves were listed for protection under the Endangered
                   Species Act of 1973 (ESA, 16 U.S.C. 1531 et seq.) in 1974. Existing
                   wolves present in the Western Great Lakes region were protected,
                   and the federal government introduced the species canis lupus
                   irremotus to the West by relocating wolves from Canada to central
                   Idaho and Yellowstone National Park in 1994 and 1995. States,
                   local citizens, livestock groups, and sportsmen opposed the reintro-
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