PROVIDE PUBLIC COMMENT IN FAVOR OF DELISTING YELLOWSTONE GRIZZLY BEARS
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) recently reopened its comment process regarding the delisting of grizzly bears in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem (GYE).
The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation agrees with wildlife managers that the population is recovered and needs to be placed in the hands of state agencies which already manage all wildlife including black bears, elk, mountain lions and deer.
Grizzlies were delisted in 2007 but a lawsuit by environmentalists and animal rights groups influenced a federal judge to overturn that ruling. Many who oppose delisting grizzly bears are now more opposed to state-based management authority than to the actual delisting itself. In fact, there is a calculated, coordinated movement by those groups to do away with states managing wildlife. For you and me, the stakes are much higher than just delisting grizzly bears.
Please take the time to weigh in on this important issue. Go here and then click on the “Comment Now!” button to do so. This 30-day comment period closes on October 7, 2016.
The GYE grizzly population is estimated to be 700 or greater and occupies more than 22,500 square miles. Individual bears are being documented in places not seen in more than 100 years.
Hunters and anglers who purchase licenses have played a key role in providing funding to grizzly bear recovery efforts in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. This is a testament to how sportsmen and women pursuing their passions help fund other important wildlife programs.
Thank you for commenting on this timely, vital wildlife management issue.
RMEF President & CEO