Guarding Yellowstone’s Grizzlies
Guardians is leading the fight to reinstate
protections for Yellowstone grizzly bears. On June 30th, we notified the U.S.
Fish and Wildlife Service that we will sue over its deeply flawed decision stripping
grizzly bears in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem of Endangered Species Act
protections. The Service’s decision prematurely removes vital federal safeguards
from one of the nation’s most cherished species, undermining grizzly recovery
in the contiguous U.S. and handing over the bears’ fate to Wyoming, Montana,
and Idaho—each of which plans to permit grizzly trophy hunting.
Justice Achieved for Imperiled Wildlife
In response to a Guardians’ lawsuit, a federal judge eviscerated
the “McKittrick Policy,” holding “Congress placed the burden to know the
identity of the wildlife species being killed on the killer.” The policy had
crippled prosecutions of those who kill animals protected by the Endangered
Species Act by requiring that the government prove killers knew what species
they were killing. The decision means killers of imperiled animals like Mexican
wolves can again be punished for their crimes.
Zinke Recommends Shrinking Bears Ears
Interior Secretary Zinke has issued a recommendation to
President Trump to significantly reduce the size of the Bears Ears National
Monument. Despite overwhelming opposition to revoking or shrinking Bears Ears,
Zinke claims the Bears Ears is illegal. It’s clear that under the Trump administration that industry
profits will take clear priority over natural and cultural resource protection.
Zinke’s final recommendations for Bears Ears will be issued on July 10, upon
the completion of his review directed by Trump order.
Groups Unite for Transparency Under Trump
Guardians and the Western Environmental Law Center stepped
up our efforts to compel the Trump administration to publicly release
government records concerning the killing of western wildlife and the oversight
of fossil fuel companies. In a series of legal actions, we moved to require
several agencies to release records we’re seeking under the Freedom of
Information Act, including records on federal wildlife-killing program Wildlife
Services and fossil fuel extraction on public lands.
Slider Photo credits: West Elk Mountains—Hogs555, Creative Commons, Wikipedia. sage grouse—Bridgeport, USFWS. bobcat—dollarphoto. Thumbprint photos: grizzly--Sam Parks, Mexican wolf—John Iwanski, Creative Commons, Flickr. Valley of the Gods, Bears Ears—BLM, Flickr. The White House—Lawrence Freytag iStock.
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