Taken out of context, this quote from Alaskan Congressman Don Young is a little shocking. Taken with context, it still is.
Republican Rep. Don Young, a long-time Alaskan Congressman known for his outspokenness and sometimes abrasive comments, suggested that releasing wolves in certain congressional districts could be an answer to homelessness issues.
The quote came in response to Interior Secretary Sally Jewell during a House Natural Resources Committee hearing on her agency’s budget. While Jewell’s agency works to protect the natural resources across the nation, Young was frustrated, claiming decisions were made without full consideration of the people and places they affected.
The Washington Post sought clarity on the comment, and a spokesman told them the “analogy was purposely hyperbolic to stress the point that these predators pose serious threats to wildlife management and their listing has damaging impacts to local communities.”
Gray wolves were the subject of this particular comment, sparked by the letter sent to Jewell and her agency by 79 Congressional members seeking protection for the species. Young, not surprisingly, supports taking the gray wolf off the endangered species list.