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Cheney Sponsors Bill That Would Remove Yellowstone Region’s Grizzlies From Federal Protection

U.S. Representative Liz Cheney has once again filed a bill that would remove grizzly bears in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem from federal protection. The bill, H.R.1403, is cosponsored with Michael K Simpson (R-Idaho).

The bill, if enacted, would direct the Secretary of the Interior to reissue a final rule relating to removing the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem population of grizzly bears from the federal list of endangered and threatened wildlife.

Should it become law, this Grizzly Bear State Management Act of 2021 would give federal officials 180 days to issue the final rule removing grizzlies in this region from federal protection, and would prohibit judicial review of this agency action.

After years of legal battles over delisting wolves, this was the same strategy used by Congress to confer management authority for gray wolves to the states of Idaho and Montana.

The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service has twice removed the Yellowstone region’s grizzly bears from the list of federally protected species, but both times was ordered by a federal court to reinstitute those protections. The most recent delisting effort was made in 2017, but a federal court overturned the rule in 2018, and a subsequent appeal was decided last year that affirmed the lower court’s decision that grizzlies must remain under federal protection.

Cheney’s bill was referred to the House Committee on Natural Resources on Friday.

To learn more about the history of grizzly bear management in the Yellowstone region, read:

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