The Trump Administration already moved to revoke federal protection from America’s wolves and now they’ve decided to take the same step towards Yellowstone’s beloved species, the grizzly bear. Donald Trump and Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke revoked endangered species protection for the grizzlies – after these bears spent 42 years on the endangered species list and despite the fact that their population is currently in decline.
“Trophy hunters are lining up in Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho, waiting for their opportunity to gun down these magnificent bears and turn their heads and hides into wall mounts and rugs,” writes the Center for Biological Diversity in their petition regarding the case launched on Care2.
Currently, 700 grizzly bears live in the Yellowstone area. That number is a great achievement in itself for the species whose population has been under the process of slow and patient rebuilding over time – in 1975, the population in the area was just 136 bears. Hunting largely pushed the bear into dire straits back then – so we can only imagine the impact rolling back protections could have for this species.
The revocation of Yellowstone’s grizzlies protection is a “death warrant” for the animals – and the Trump Administration is the very author of that warrant. Instead of focusing on conservation and protecting the environment, the Administration is proposing bill after bill that not only hinders progress but also actively threatens the lives of the animals and the well-being of our environment at large.
Environmental groups, one of them being the Center for Biological Diversity, have already filed notices of intent to sue if this senseless and cruel plan is not withdrawn. Take action in the matter as well – click here to sign the petition for Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke to reconsider removing protections from Yellowstone’s grizzly bears and make the only possible sensible decision in the case.
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