Republican US Congressman Don Young: Let Wolves Eat Homeless People
Rep. Don Young (R-AK) lashed out at congressional colleagues urging continued protection of gray wolves in parts of the continental United States, arguing that none of them come from districts affected by wolves.
“How many of you have got wolves in your district?” Young asked during an exchange with Interior Secretary Sally Jewell at a House Natural Resources Committee hearing in Washington, DC on Thursday. “None. None. Not one,” he said, mocking a letter sent to Jewell by 79 lawmakers urging her to protect wolves.
“They haven’t got a damn wolf in their whole district,” Young, who advocates removing the gray wolf from the endangered species list, continued. “I’d like to introduce them in your district. If I introduced them in your district, you wouldn’t have a homeless problem anymore.”
When asked for clarification, a Young spokesman explained 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.”
Young, who is 81 years old, has represented Alaska’s sole congressional district since 1973. During his tenure, he has often made headlines for his controversial remarks. In 2010, he called the BP Deepwater Horizon blowout, one of the greatest environmental disasters in US history, a “natural phenomenon.”
“This is not an environmental disaster, and I will say that again and again because it is a national phenomena,” Young insisted. “Oil has seeped into this ocean for centuries, will continue to do it. During World War II there was over 10 million barrels of oil spilled from ships, and no natural catastrophe. We will lose some birds, we will lose some fixed sea life, but overall it will recover.”
Young was also forced to apologize after he called Latino migrant farm workers “wetbacks” in 2013.