After much debate and anxiety, the Yellowstone grizzly bear is spared from hunting once again. https://t.co/LdSjI5WmFT
— Nat Geo Channel (@NatGeoChannel) September 25, 2018
At least as of today, Alaska remains the only state where you can hunt grizzlies. A federal judge blocked a Trump administration plan to allow a grizzly bear hunt on lands in Wyoming and Idaho. Here’s more from the New York Post via the Asscoiated Press:
Wyoming and Idaho had been on the cusp of allowing hunters to kill up to 23 bears this fall. US District Judge Dana Christensen had twice delayed the hunts and the latest order blocking them was due to expire later this week. The hunts would have been the first in the US outside Alaska since 1991.
Christensen wrote in his ruling that the case was “not about the ethics of hunting.” Rather, he said, it was about whether federal officials adequately considered threats to the species’ long-term recovery when they lifted protections for more than 700 bears living around Yellowstone National Park.
In the judge’s view, the answer was no.
He noted that an estimated 50,000 bears once roamed the contiguous US and said it would be “simplistic at best and disingenuous at worst” not to consider the status of grizzlies outside the Yellowstone region, one of the few areas where they have bounced back.
Here’s some Twitter reaction:
ICYMI: There will be NO GRIZZLY HUNT. #EndangeredSpeciesAct protections for Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem grizzly bears were reinstated yesterday, after a judge ruled that the decision to strip protections was illegal. Retweet to show your #AdvocacyMattershttps://t.co/OSA7lmyxSz pic.twitter.com/5Xq3mKEW8M
— National Parks Conservation Association (@NPCA) September 25, 2018
— Sierra Club (@SierraClub) September 25, 2018
NEW: A federal judge just reinstated Yellowstone grizzly bears as a threatened species under ESA, reversing Interior's 2017 decision. DOI will have to do additional scientific analysis and a revise their recovery before any hunt (like the ones ID and WY planned) can happen.
— Juliet Eilperin (@eilperin) September 25, 2018
The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation and Sportsmen’s Alliance Foundation disagree with a judge’s decision to vacate the delisting of the Greater Yellowstone grizzly population by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. https://t.co/PXR7yCDzGH
— Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation (@RMEF) September 25, 2018
https://t.co/9XSwtldDOw Judge Continues Block of Grizzly Hunt: It’s disappointing that animal-rights activists block the scientific management of wildlife when 40 years of cooperative state-federal management has recovered this population past the point of requiring protection. pic.twitter.com/KT8FgeghsO
— Sportsmen's Alliance (@SportsmensAll) September 25, 2018