Wyoming’s US Representative Liz Cheney has introduced a bill she hopes will help move the grizzly bears in the Greater Yellowstone Area off of the endangered species list for once and for all. Cheney says every time it appears we have achieved recovery another reason is given not to delist the bears.
Cheney said, “If you look at what’s happened with the grizzly, each time in Wyoming we got close to accomplishing what we had been told were the goals and objectives in order to get the grizzly delisted, the federal government moves the goalpost.”
Cheney has introduced legislation to specifically delist the grizzly and recognize that it has been recovered, and allow the citizens in the states where grizzlies live and have recovered can have more of a say in their management.
“Citizens of Wyoming; citizens across the west where grizzlies inhabit need to be able to manage those – need to be able to take action, for example, to protect their livestock; to protect themselves, and I think that the restrictions that exist because the species has not been delisted prevent that,” she said.
The bill would direct the Department of the Interior to re-issue its 2017 decision to remove grizzly bears in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem from the endangered species list and prohibit further judicial review of this decision.