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Members of Congress reintroduce the WILD Act

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Last week, Sens. John Barrasso, R-Wyo., and Tom Carper, D-Del., and Reps. Alan Lowenthal, D-Cal., and Don Young, R-Alaska, reintroduced the Wildlife Innovation and Longevity Driver (WILD) Act(S. 268/H.R. 872), which reauthorizes several key wildlife conservation programs and provides additional funding for invasive species management and wildlife trafficking. “Around the world, a variety of threats continues to challenge wildlife conservation efforts,” Carper said in a press release.“The WILD Act would help make the United States a global leader on wildlife conservation by encouraging innovation in protecting endangered species, better managing human-wildlife conflicts, and preventing poaching and wildlife trafficking.” The WILD Act would reauthorize the 32-year-old U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program, which provides private landowners financial and technical assistance to undertake voluntary conservation projects benefitting migratory birds, threatened and endangered species, fish, marine mammals and other species of concern. The bill would provide increased funding for preventing, managing and eradicating invasive species by amending the Fish and Wildlife Coordination Act. Under the bill, agencies would be tasked with creating strategic invasive species plans. The WILD Act would also reauthorize the Multinational Species Conservation Fund, which is administered by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and provides [...]

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