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US Senator Barrasso Says ESA Needs Revision

January 22, 2014 Greater Yellowstone, Jackson Hole, State of Wyoming No Comments
Sen John Barrasso

Last fall, the Interagency Grizzly Bear Committee voted to recommend the delisting of the grizzly bear in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem, leaving it to the US Fish and Wildlife Service to make the final determination.  Senator John Barrasso, in Jackson Tuesday agrees that the bear should be de-listed, but says the question of such a determination goes deeper than just this issue.  He says he believes the entire Endangered Species Act needs to be revised so that if something is listed, there should be a recovery plan set into place immediately which also establishes an end point. He says that includes knowing when there are enough to declare the species recovered so that when that day arrives, the species can go off the list automatically.  He says, the way it is set up now, de-listing involves a long process that is almost impossible to overcome.

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