After Governor Gordon moved to remove the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem’s grizzly bears from the list and leave Wyoming to manage the grizzly bear population, Liz Cheney released a statement approving the governor’s actions.
“I commend Governor Gordon for petitioning the Biden administration to remove the GYE grizzly bear and allow Wyoming to administer the population,” said Cheney. “The intention of the species protection law was good, but the implementation has remained ineffective and the law is in urgent need of reform. As we have seen with the grizzly bear, the federal government has moved the goal posts further and unnecessarily prolonged their delisting ”, although the species has been fully restored for almost two decades.
“In Wyoming and across the west, we have seen effective government management that has resulted in the recovery of the grizzly bear population. It is imperative that the federal government adheres to the work of the local actors on site and enables them to manage these populations ”without interference.
“As I have emphasized through laws and letters, I remain committed to removing the grizzly bear and look forward to continuing these efforts in Washington.”
Cheney stated that she took several steps in getting rid of the grizzly bear, including:
- HR 1403: Grizzly Bear State Management Act of 2021 – Requires the Home Office to remove the grizzly bear population in the Greater Yellowstone ecosystem from the list of endangered and threatened wildlife.
- Co-signed Letter To Secretary of the Interior Haaland for questioning the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s assessment of maintaining the list of grizzly bears as threatened and asking the DOI to answer questions about their latest species assessment even though they met their recovery criteria in the GYE area.
Currently, more than 1,000 bears inhabit the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem, which spans millions of acres in Wyoming and includes both Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks.
Governor Gordon stated that Wyoming has invested $ 52 million in grizzly bears since it went public in 1975.
“This is a remarkable day not only for the grizzly bear, but also for Wyoming. The Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem’s grizzly bear met and exceeded all scientific standards for recreation, ”said Gordon. “We have proven time and again that we are conservation experts for our state’s cherished and iconic species. It is time for grizzly bears to be fully returned to the states for management as our citizens have supported recovery efforts and achieved monumental success. “
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