WASHINGTON, D.C. — On Friday, August 31, U.S. Senator John Barrasso (R-WY), chairman of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works (EPW), released the following statement on the decision by a federal judge to place a 14-day hold on public grizzly bear hunts in Wyoming and Idaho.
In June of 2017, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service decided to remove the grizzly bear in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem from the Endangered Species Act’s (ESA) list of threatened species. Delisting the grizzly transferred management of the bear to the state of Wyoming.
“The grizzly bear has successfully recovered in Wyoming,” Barrasso said. “The state of Wyoming should be able to move forward with management of the bear. This judge’s decision demonstrates exactly why the Endangered Species Act must be modernized.
“The good work Wyoming, and other states, are doing to protect and manage species should have an opportunity to succeed," Barrasso continued. "The grizzly bear delisting shouldn’t be undone by the courts. Even the Obama administration determined that the grizzly should be delisted. I will continue to work to make sure that management of the grizzly remains with Wyoming.”