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Hickenlooper Welcomes Expedited Update to Wolf Reintroduction Policy

Sep 15, 2023

Hickenlooper called on USFWS to embrace flexible management capabilities for the ranching community

WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Senator John Hickenlooper applauded the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s final environmental impact statement and draft decision to create more flexibility for gray wolf management under section 10(j) of the Endangered Species Act. Once finalized, this will provide the state with the management capabilities that Hickenlooper has been calling for. 

“We need to continue listening to the people who will be affected most when determining how to responsibly reintroduce gray wolves in Colorado,”  said Hickenlooper. “It’s great to see Fish and Wildlife heed our call for flexible management.”

In 2021, Hickenlooper sent a letter to Interior Secretary Deb Haaland and USFWS Principal Deputy Director Martha Williams requesting a Section 10 designation to improve state and stakeholder management capabilities. Hickenlooper also submitted a formal public comment to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, encouraging the agency to allow more flexible management of the gray wolf through Section 10(j) of the Endangered Species Act. 

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