February 22, 2019  
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Slaughtering grizzly bears
Slaughtering grizzly bears
On May 23, Wyoming officials approved the first hunt in decades for grizzly bears that wander out of Yellowstone National Park. As many as 22 could be shot and killed this fall, including pregnant females.

Yellowstone's grizzlies, famous around the world, are national treasures. Slaughtering them is like defacing the Statue of Liberty or filling in the Grand Canyon. We can't let it happen.

These bears were rightly protected under the Endangered Species Act for 40 years. But last summer Trump took away their federal protections — and now Wyoming is rushing to start these disgusting trophy hunts.

We've been gearing up for this moment. Our lawyers are in court to restore protection, and we're ready to stand up to Wyoming.

Today grizzlies occupy less than 5 percent of their historic range in the lower 48. Trump never should have stripped away their protection. Without those safeguards in place, few grizzly bears from Yellowstone will ever find their way to other grizzlies in the region — a crucial step for their recovery.

These bears need a plan for full recovery across the West — not a plan for trophy hunters to hang their heads on walls or use their skins for rugs. This is what happens when the sick mentality of trophy hunting spreads.

Kierán Suckling
Executive Director
Center for Biological Diversity

Posted on Wednesday, May 23, 2018 (Archive on Friday, June 22, 2018)
Posted by Jym St. Pierre   Contributed by Jym St. Pierre

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