Press Release Oct 4, 2017

House Committee Attacks Endangered Wildlife, Advances Harmful Legislation

“Today, the House Natural Resources Committee reviewed several bills, which prioritize politics and profit over science. Congress is trying to jam politics into wildlife management." -- NPCA's Kristen Brengel

WASHINGTON – Today, the House Natural Resources Committee reviewed and advanced several bills, which threaten to undermine the Endangered Species Act and animals including wolves that benefit from its protections.

The Endangered Species Act is one of America’s most effective environmental laws. Since its passage, the law has saved more than 99 percent of species listed under its care from extinction.

Statement by Kristen Brengel, Vice President of Government Affairs for National Parks Conservation Association

“Some members of Congress are putting the fate of wolves, bears and other animals that are iconic to our national parks in jeopardy. More than two dozen bills introduced this year represent a multi-pronged war on endangered wildlife. Such attacks do not just put park animals at risk, but also the tremendous economic benefits associated with visitors who enjoy viewing wildlife in our national parks.

“Today, the House Natural Resources Committee reviewed several bills, which prioritize politics and profit over science. Congress is trying to jam politics into wildlife management.

“With scientific studies forecasting a disturbing, sharp decline for many species, we must do all that we can to defend their future. Doing so will ensure that our children and grandchildren have the unforgettable experience of seeing a wolf in Grand Teton National Park or desert tortoise in Mojave National Preserve. National Parks Conservation Association urges our members of Congress to reject these harmful bills.”

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About National Parks Conservation Association: Since 1919, the nonpartisan National Parks Conservation Association has been the leading voice in safeguarding our national parks. NPCA and its more than 1.3 million members and supporters work together to protect and preserve our nation’s natural, historic, and cultural heritage for future generations. For more information, visit www.npca.org.