(U.S. SENATE) – Senator Jon Tester today released the following statement after a federal appeals court rejected a lawsuit challenging Tester’s law removing Montana’s gray wolves from the Endangered Species Act:
“This decision is right for Montana because Montana’s wolves are recovered, and they must be managed like other wildlife. My law is bipartisan, science-based and welcomed by conservationists, hunters and ranchers. I’m pleased the courts agree it’s constitutional.”
The U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals upheld Tester’s wolf provision. Tester, who worked across party lines with Representative Mike Simpson (R-Idaho) on the measure, called its passage “a victory for Montana.”
Tester’s provision restored a 2009 rule by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service that delisted Montana’s and Idaho’s wolves.