Cheney Applauds Grizzly Filing
Written by Andrew-Rossi on December 27, 2018
U.S. government attorneys filed notice Friday that they are appealing a court ruling that blocked the first public hunts of grizzly bears in the Northern Rockies in decades.
Congresswoman Liz Cheney applauded the filing, which calls for the reversal of Judge Dana Christensen’s ruling that restored threatened species protections for more than 700 bears in and around Yellowstone National Park.
In a statement, Cheney noted that the decision by a Federal District Court Judge in Montana to relist the grizzly ignored science and disregarded what she called important work that had been done by the state of Wyoming to establish an effective grizzly bear management plan.
She said she was pleased that the Trump Administration has quote, “listened to the concerns of Wyoming residents and taken action to combat frivolous abuse of the court system by extreme environmental groups.“ Endquote.
Federal biologists contend Yellowstone-area grizzlies have made a full recovery after a decades-long restoration effort. They want to turn over management of the animals to state wildlife agencies that say hunting is one way to better address rising numbers of bear attacks on livestock. But wildlife advocates and the Crow Indian Tribe successfully sued to stop the hunts.