Wyoming delegation on proposed grizzly bear delisting
March 3, 2016
U.S. Senators Mike Enzi and John Barrasso and U.S. Representative Cynthia Lummis, all R-Wyo., issued these statements following the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's proposal to remove the grizzly bear in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem from the Endangered Species Act Federal Lists of Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and transfer management of the bear to the state of Wyoming.
"I'm glad action is once again being taken to return grizzly bear management back to the states," Enzi said. "Experts and wildlife officials agree grizzly bears in the Yellowstone region have been recovered for many years, but previous efforts to delist the bear were held hostage by litigation. This is no way to manage wildlife. As grizzly bear populations increase beyond capacity in Wyoming, so does the danger posed to livestock, property and humans. That is why it is so important that we turn over management of the species to state authorities."
"After repeatedly moving the goal posts for years, the Obama administration is finally moving in the right direction on grizzly bears," said Barrasso. "Wyoming and other states have worked hard to make sure the grizzly bear is fully recovered. The West – not Washington – is the most effective place to manage grizzly bears."
"Science has shown that the grizzly bear has been recovered for years and it has become ever more evident as the bears have spread far beyond the intended ranges," said Lummis. "Grizzly bear management belongs in the hands of the State of Wyoming, where we have the knowledge and expertise necessary to maintain a balanced and healthy grizzly bear population. While it is a good first step for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to propose delisting the grizzly, the service must work promptly to collect and incorporate more input from Wyoming and its citizens on the new proposal and complete this rule in a timely manner. Wyoming has put in years of hard work and waited long enough for responsible state stewardship of the grizzly bear to be restored."
–Wyoming Congressional Delegation