The court stated that the grizzlies are regarded as an "iconic symbol of the Rocky Mountains,” so they will be protected no matter what.
Grizzly bears in Wyoming and Idaho won't be subject to trophy hunt anymore as a federal court has overruled Donald Trump's decision to allow grizzly bears to be killed by trophy hunters, reported Green Matters. A few months after the President took office, the Trump administration quickly removed the majestic creatures from the list of endangered species. Initially, the move was proposed by the US Fish and Wildlife Service during the Obama administration.
A federal appeals court in San Francisco ruled this week that the bears living in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem will remain federally protected under the Endangered Species Acthttps://t.co/znCTrQcOKa— The New York Times (@nytimes) July 11, 2020
But luckily for us and the grizzlies, the decision was overruled by a federal court and ruled that Trump's actions were illegal and they're now once again protected under the Endangered Species Act. But it has been quite a battle up until now. Even though the grizzly bears in the Yellowstone area have been protected for more than 40 years, in 2017, Trump’s Fish and Wildlife Service removed grizzlies who lived in and near Yellowstone National Park from the federal endangered and threatened species list.
HUGE WIN! A court just blocked trophy hunting of Yellowstone grizzly bears, ensuring that the bears are protected under the Endangered Species Act! 👏 https://t.co/0SYjB8ESZe— Friends of the Earth (@foe_us) July 11, 2020
The agency said that they believe that conservation efforts had successfully replenished the grizzly population and by removing the protection, it allowed trophy hunters to kill grizzly bears on the outskirts of the national park in Wyoming and Idaho. In order to protest this, conservationist groups and the Northern Cheyenne tribe disagreed with the decision and pleaded that the animals were still at risk. But it looked like Trump's Fish and Wildlife Service was not ready to back down and appealed the district court’s order.
The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals finally ended the debate by overriding Trump's decision and upholding the 2018 court decision. On July 8, the Court ruled in favor of the grizzlies where they will continue to be protected by the ESA, thereby rendering it illegal to hunt them in and around Yellowstone National Park.
The 9th Circuit just upheld a 2018 federal ruling that the Trump administration violated the Endangered Species Act in stripping protections from Yellowstone's grizzly bears. The grizzlies will be spared from planned trophy hunts in Wyoming and Idaho. https://t.co/CLRmee4cER— Center for Bio Div (@CenterForBioDiv) July 8, 2020
The court also declared that the Fish and Wildlife Service didn't use accurate scientific methods to make this decision and that there were not enough enforceable systems in place that would protect the genetic health of grizzlies, reported Courthouse News. Additionally, the court also stated that the grizzlies are regarded as an "iconic symbol of the Rocky Mountain west,” so they will be protected no matter what.
The decision was delivered by a panel of three judges -- Judge Mary Schroeder, Judge Paul Watford, and Judge Andrew Hurwitz. Judge Schroeder wrote, "Because the 2017 rule’s conclusion that genetic health no longer poses a threat to the Yellowstone grizzly is without scientific basis, this conclusion is arbitrary and capricious."
BREAKING: WildEarth Guardians and our allies have just dealt the Trump administration another legal loss! Threatened Yellowstone grizzly bears will stay protected by the #EndangeredSpeciesAct and planned trophy hunts remain stopped. #StopExtinction https://t.co/S6Dk9w7v8f— WildEarth Guardians (@wildearthguard) July 8, 2020
Judge Andrea Zaccardi, a senior attorney at the Center for Biological Diversity released a statement that read, "This is a tremendous victory for all who cherish Yellowstone’s grizzly bears and for those who’ve worked to ensure they’re protected under the Endangered Species Act. Grizzlies still have a long way to go before recovery. Hunting these beautiful animals around America’s most treasured national park should never again be an option.”