Sullivan: Fish & Wildlife Service Listens to Alaskans, Declines ESA Listing for Wolf Species

ANCHORAGE, ALASKA—U.S. Senator Dan Sullivan (R-Alaska) today celebrated a decision by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) to not list the Alexander Archipelago wolf under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). The potential listing was strongly opposed by community leaders and experts from the Alaska Department of Fish & Game, and could’ve had a detrimental impact on the local economy. Sullivan wrote a letter on March 31 to USFWS Director Martha Williams opposing the potential listing.

“I want to commend the Fish & Wildlife Service for listening to Alaskans and abiding by the clear science in their decision not to list the Alexander Archipelago wolf as an endangered species,” said Sen. Sullivan. “This decision is a victory for science-based decision making and local consultation, and a defeat for the Lower 48 radical environmental groups and their relentless war against our state and opportunities for our people. I wish more decisions coming from the Biden Interior Department prioritized science over politics and heeded the voices of people who actually feel the impacts of these decisions. Alaskans, like all Americans, deserve the right to access their lands and have jobs and economic opportunities.”

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