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Don Young suggests introducing wolves as solution to homelessness

JUNEAU -- U.S. Rep. Don Young lashed out at congressional members who urged continued protections for the gray wolf in parts of the Lower 48, saying none is from a district affected by wolves.

He said during a hearing in Washington, D.C., that he would like to introduce wolves in their districts: "I'd introduce 'em in your district, you wouldn't have a homeless problem anymore."

Spokesman Matt Shuckerow said Young's comments weren't related to addressing homeless populations. He said they were hyperbolic and meant to show wolves pose a threat to wildlife management and have damaging effects on communities.

Young earlier voiced frustration with a lack of consultation with the state and Native groups on issues.

Becky Bohrer, Associated Press

Becky Bohrer is a reporter for the Associated Press based in Juneau.