Congressman Bentz to hold hearing on wolves

By on Thursday, January 11th, 2024 in Eastern/Southeast Oregon News More Top Stories

JOHN DAY – United States Congressman Cliff Bentz was on KJDY’s Coffee Time Thursday. The Congressman mentioned to listeners that as the Chair of the Water, Wildlife, and Fisheries Subcommittee, he will be holding a hearing on the impacts of wolves and other major predators in the United States following a decision coming February 2nd regarding the potential de-listing of wolves under federal protection:

“U.S. Fish and Wildlife is going to come out with an opinion on whether or not wolves need to be, or should be, de-listed across the Western United States. We will see what happens there. My hearing is going to be after that date. If it’s good news—which I hope it is, that they’re de-listed—that’ll be great, and we’ll be able to build on what it is that we’re going to have to do in a de-listing environment.”

Regarding the U.S. Highway 395 dividing line between state and federal wolf regulation, Bentz said, “A wolf protected on one side of your highway there in John Day and not on the other, makes no sense at all when those highways run right through the middle of different ranches.”

Listen to the full podcast with Congressman Bentz here:

*Photo provided by the Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife