Endangered Species Act

The Endangered Species Act was one of the key discussion topics at a natural resource committee meeting today in Casper.

News 13's Marella Porter sat in on the meeting and tells us what changes some are hoping to see.

U.S. Fish and Wildlife staff say the endangered species act has prevented more than 99 percent of listed species from extinction.

Congress passed the law over 40 years ago, serving as a safety-net for wildlife.

But the acts critics don’t feel it works the way it was intended to, but rather gives state wildlife managers excessive federal oversight.

Advisor Travis McNiven, for Senator Barrasso, presented at the meeting today, receiving feedback from the state natural resources committee.

"Give it a chance to see if it's gonna work and if we find that it's not then let’s have that discussion but it seems like our federal agencies just kinda have the ability to arbitrarily open that up and go contrary," said Rep. Lloyd Larsen- (R) Wyoming.

Senator Barrasso has held two national senate sessions discussing changes to the endangered species act.

"the endangered species act is one of those aspect that affects Wyoming due to the number of endangered species that we have and what those endangered species look like," said Rep. Tyler Lindholm- (R) Wyoming

Representative Tyler Lindholm says changes to the act could affect state wildlife departments.

"If it's turned into a state plan that we're prepared going into that and we can work with all interested parties in the state of Wyoming to develop that plan."

Some hoping to change the act would rather see states have more say over their endangered species.

Governor Matt Mead is one of many governors reviewing the endangered species act.