U.S. Representative Cynthia Lummis (R-WY) issued the following statement regarding the removal of the Lummis wolf rider language in the fiscal year 2012 Appropriations legislation that mirrored a no-sue clause passed in the Spring that delisted wolves in five other Western states:
"The decision to pull the wolf language was based on politics, not policy. Radical environmentalists have the ear of many in Washington and their considerable sway in the White House is the reason for the removal of this important language. When the deal that gives Wyoming the ability to manage wolves is complete, environmental groups will resume their relentless lawsuits. Governor Mead's successful negotiations with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will ensure that wolf management in our state is returned to the most capable managers: Wyoming's on the ground experts. I will fight tooth and nail to protect Wyoming's right to manage wolves and all wildlife within our borders. "