Last year the US Fish and Wildlife Service determined that the Grizzly bears of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem had met recovery goals and removed them from the Endangered Species List. This returned the bears to state management. Anti hunting groups sued the service when both Wyoming and Idaho planned a small hunting season. This past week a federal judge ruled in favor of the anti-hunting groups and returned the bears to federal management.
In response to the ruling Congresswoman Liz Cheney of Wyoming proposed a bill that would essentially make the ruling null and void. She also put language in the bill that would protect the decision from judicial review. This bill is in the same vein as the bill that removed the Grey Wolf off the Endangered Species List back in 2011.
According to Buckrail.com, Congresswoman Liz Cheney introduced the Grizzly Bear State Management Act. The Act directs the Department of the Interior to re-issue its delisting decision and prohibits further judicial review of this decision.
“Today, I introduced the Grizzly Bear State Management Act, which directs the Department of the Interior to re-issue the rule delisting grizzly bears in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem, and prohibits any judicial review of this decision,” Cheney said in a prepared statement.
“This year, the US Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) determined that ‘the population has rebounded from as few as 136 bears in 1975 to an estimated 700 today and meets all the criteria for delisting.’ Additionally, USFWS biologists determined the grizzly bear currently exceeds the carrying capacity of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem and now occupies more than 22,500 square miles,” Cheney continued.“The decision by a Federal District Court Judge in Montana to re-list the grizzly ignores science, and disregards the important work done by the state of Wyoming to establish an effective grizzly bear management plan. My bill will stop this abuse of the court system and put management of the grizzly back in the hands of experts in Wyoming.”
Hopefully, this bill gets traction and is able to reverse this anti-science ruling. States’s have proven over an over again that they are very capable of managing wildlife.
The anti-hunting groups will say a bill like this will decimate bear populations. They said the same thing about grey wolves when congress delisted them, but their populations have continues to grow even with liberal hunting seasons.