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Apr 14, 2011   |  Senator Jon Tester

Tester successfully delists wolves in Montana, returns management to the state

Congress approves Senator’s bipartisan measure to remove recovered wolves from Endangered Species List

(U.S. SENATE) – Congress today approved Senator Jon Tester’s plan to remove gray wolves in Montana from the Endangered Species List and return their management to the state.

Tester’s bipartisan measure now goes to the President, who is expected to sign it into law.

“This is more than a victory for Montana,” said Tester, Chairman of the Congressional Sportsmen’s Caucus.  “It’s a win for rural America, for jobs, and for our wildlife—and it’s what’s right for the wolves themselves.  This was never going to get done with partisan games or grandstanding.  We fixed this problem with Montana values—by putting aside our differences and working together on a responsible, common sense plan.

“I thank Representative Mike Simpson for his leadership on this issue in the House of Representatives,” Tester added.

Governor Brian Schweitzer praised Tester’s successful efforts.

“I welcome the delisting of the wolf in Montana through this budget resolution,” Schweitzer said.  “This is a common sense measure that will ensure good management of wolves through Montana’s existing plan, which allows for healthy numbers of wolves and safeguards the interests of ranchers and sportsmen.  I appreciate Senator Tester’s efforts to shepherd this resolution through Congress for the benefit of all Montanans.”

Gray wolves in the northern Rockies met their recovery goals in 2002 and wolves were delisted in 2009 in Montana and Idaho.  After a judge’s ruling against Montana’s wolf management plan last year, Tester has fought hard to put wolves back under the management of the state.

The language, by Tester and Simpson, R-Idaho, restores a 2009 rule by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service that delisted Montana’s and Idaho’s wolves.  The language also clarifies a 2010 ruling on Wyoming’s management plan.  This allows the State of Wyoming to move forward with its own plan to delist wolves.

Tester’s wolf language as it appears in the federal budget agreement is available on Tester’s website HERE.

Tester is also the author of the bipartisan Wolf Kill Bill, which repays Montana ranchers the full market value of animals killed by wolves and helps ranchers prevent future wolf attacks.

Office Contact Information

Senator Tester's Montana staff serves the state from offices in Billings, Bozeman, Butte, Great Falls, Helena, Kalispell, and Missoula. Please bring your concerns with federal agencies, academy nominations, and other situations to one of these Montana offices.

Billings

Judge Jameson Federal Building
2900 4th Ave N, Suite 201
Billings, MT 59101
Phone: (406) 252-0550
Fax: (406) 252-7768

Bozeman

Avant Courier Building
1 E Main Street, Suite 202
Bozeman, MT 59715
Phone: (406) 586-4450
Fax: (406) 586-7647

Butte

Silver Bow Center
125 W Granite, Suite 200
Butte, MT 59701
Phone: (406) 723-3277
Fax: (406) 782-4717

Great Falls

119 1st Avenue N, Suite 102
Great Falls, MT 59401
Phone: (406) 452-9585
Fax: (406) 452-9586

Helena

208 North Montana Avenue
Suite 104
Helena, MT 59601
Phone: (406) 449-5401
Fax: (406) 449-5462

Kalispell

8 Third Street E
Kalispell, MT 59901
Phone: (406) 257-3360
Fax: (406) 257-3974

Missoula

130 W Front St.
Missoula, MT 59802
Phone: (406) 728-3003
Fax: (406) 728-2193

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