Alaska Rep. Don Young, Opposing Protections for Lower 48 Wolves, Suggests They Might Cure 'Homeless Problem'

03/06/2015 09:22 am ET | Updated May 06, 2015


Alaska Rep. Don Young linked the U.S. homeless population to the wolf population in an outburst Thursday before the U.S. House Natural Resources Committee. After it became national news, with headlines quoting him as saying wolves would get rid of homeless people, he released a statement saying people may have "misunderstood my comments."

"We've got 79 congressmen sending you a letter, haven't got a damn wolf in their whole district," Young said at the hearing. "I'd like to introduce them in your district. If I introduced them in your district, you wouldn't have a homeless problem anymore."

He was referring to a letter signed by 79 House members asking Interior Secretary Sally Jewell to reconsider the action of taking the gray wolf off the Endangered Species List. They proposed that it be listed as threatened and that some protection be retained.