22/7/20 – From the Center for Biological Diversity
We’ll Go to Court to Save Northwest Grizzlies
The administration’s war on grizzly bears just took an ugly turn.
After being denied its wish to make Yellowstone grizzlies the targets of trophy hunts, the administration is abandoning grizzly recovery in Washington’s North Cascades.
We can’t allow it to drop a plan to recover this iconic species, so we let the Interior Department and National Park Service know we intend to sue.
The North Cascades is one of the largest wild areas in the lower 48. Its mix of glaciers, mountains, forests, lakes and rivers creates one of the most biodiverse ecosystems in the country — and is excellent habitat for grizzly bears, which once thrived there.
Scientists believe the North Cascades could support 280 grizzlies. But today there may be as few as two.
For grizzlies to fully recover in the United States, there must be a robust, healthy population in the North Cascades. But the administration is throwing out a recovery plan for bears in this region. So we’re taking legal action to overturn its disastrous move.
Earlier this month we prevailed in our fight for Yellowstone grizzlies after the administration tried to strip away their Endangered Species Act protection so states could hold trophy hunts.
While Yellowstone’s bears are safe for now, the fight for grizzlies is not over.
To trash a plan to help grizzlies survive again in an ecosystem that even the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service recognizes as a primary recovery area is a political giveaway to anti-wildlife forces. It’s also illegal.
We can’t fight the extinction crisis if keystone species like grizzly bears aren’t a part of rich, biodiverse ecosystems like the North Cascades.
We’ll see the administration in court if it doesn’t reverse its decision.
For the wild,
Center for Biological Diversity