The following article is from the Associated Press:
Lawmakers in Washington are renewing their push to legalize gray wolf hunting as they seek to curb the predators’ growing population.
Montana Rep. Denny Rehberg introduced two bills Wednesday to strip the gray wolf of federal endangered species protections.
The first, co-sponsored by Rep. Mike Simpson and Rep. Raul Labrador of Idaho, would only apply to wolves in Montana and Idaho.
The second is co-sponsored by a bipartisan group of lawmakers from 12 states and would lift protections on wolves nationwide.
Similar legislation introduced last Congress failed to advance.
Separately, Democratic Sen. Jon Tester of Montana prodded the Interior Department to reconsider its denial last year of a wolf hunt sought by the state.
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