Two grizzly bears hugging during a bout of play fighting. Courtesy/HSUS
Humane Society of the United States News:
The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals issued a unanimous opinion July 8 upholding the Humane Society of the United States 2018 court victory returning grizzly bears in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem to the federal list of threatened species.
The Humane Society of the United States released the following statements about this victory:
Humane Society of the United States President and CEO Kitty Block: “Millions of visitors flock to Yellowstone National Park every year hoping to catch a rare glimpse of a beautiful grizzly bear. Today’s victory upholding the restoration of Endangered Species Act protections, will keep one of America’s most treasured wildlife populations out of the crosshairs of trophy hunters seeking a bearskin rug. It is time to stop playing politics with our native wildlife and take seriously our deep moral and legal obligation to protect and recover our most vulnerable populations.”
Humane Society of the United States Managing Attorney for Wildlife Litigation Nicholas Arrivo: “The Ninth Circuit’s ruling is a major victory not just for Yellowstone’s imperiled grizzlies numbered at approximately 700, but also for the Endangered Species Act itself. This should bring to a close nearly three years of litigation by the Humane Society of the United States and other groups, making it clear that the Fish and Wildlife Service must make decisions on the basis of science alone, and cannot rush to delist a species to appease states and trophy hunting interests.”