The Greater Yellowstone Coalition, a well-respected environmental organization headquartered in Bozeman, MT., issued an urgent plea and immediate call to action for the public’s help to save grizzly bears in the state.
HJ15 is an extremely dangerous resolution that was introduced yesterday in the Montana Legislature before being sent to the Committee for review. It calls for the removal of Endangered Species Act protection for grizzly bears in Montana; and subsequently all grizzlies in the Northern Continental Divide Ecosystem (NCDE). The results would be devastating.
If passed,” Anti-grizzly radicals in Washington, D.C. will no doubt seize on this resolution as a reason to introduce bad bills for grizzly bears like they have for wolves,” according to the coalition’s Executive Director, Carolyn Byrd. “Montana’s meddling may also embolden attacks on the Endangered Species Act, a law that has broad approval and which has helped prevent many animals from going extinct.”
A hearing for the resolution has already been scheduled to take place tomorrow, Friday, February 24, 2017 in Helena, Montana.
People are encouraged to immediately call the house natural resources committee at (406) 444-4800 and adamantly oppose the resolution. Supporters may also email their objections to members of the House Natural Resources Committee HERE!
Byrd is rallying people to unite, quickly, to kill the resolution in committee. Once approved, resolutions like this cannot be vetoed by the governor.
HJ15 also wrongly claims that grizzly bears have recovered to satisfy the ESA requirements even while objective scientific opinions exist that unequivocally state that the bears are far from recovery.
This is the same coalition that was the plaintiff in the litigation that negated the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service’s original attempt to remove ESA protection for grizzly bears in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem.
Source: The Greater Yellowstone Coalition
Photo Credit: Sierra Club