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Safari Club appeals ruling that put grizzly bears back on threatened species list

A grizzly bear walks through a field at Yellowstone National Park.

Safari Club International is appealing a federal court ruling, which if overturned could lead to grizzly bear hunting near Yellowstone National Park.

The Associated Press reports that the organization has asked the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to overturn a ruling made by U.S. District Judge Donald Molloy in September in Missoula, Mont., in which Molloy reinstated protected status to the Greater Yellowstone Area grizzly population -- estimated at 600 bears -- stating that lax protection from government agencies combined with climate change put the animals at risk.

Grizzlies had been listed as a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act from 1975 until 2007, when the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service declared them recovered and removed them from protection. The environmental group Greater Yellowstone Coalition filed a lawsuit to reverse this decision, which brought about Molloy's ruling.

Safari Club attorney Douglas Burdin said that grizzlies should be under state, rather than federal, jurisdiction.

If the decision is overturned, grizzlies would join gray wolves as two species recently opened to legal hunting in the region. Some gray wolf populations were removed from protection under the Endangered Species Act last May, leading to the first wolf hunting seasons in Montana and Idaho.

-- Kelly Burgess

Photo: A grizzly bear walks through a field at Yellowstone National Park. Credit: Terry Tollefsbol / U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

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Funny, the number one habitat and home range for the grizzly bear only 200 years ago was THE LOS ANGELES BASIN.
There were grizzlies everywhere, exactly on the spots where Wilshire Blvd, Rodeo Drive, Pico & Sepulveda, and of course the Hollywood Sign are located now.
The urban dwellers of Los Angeles are directly responsible for one of the largest ONGOING land and sea environmental disasters in history.
Even today, every time an LA resident flushes their toilet, two fish die- one upstream in the Delta, and another in the ocean at the Outfall.
The only fair solution is bulldozing vast tracts of urban and suburban housing in Los Angeles, major habitat restoration, and re-introduction of the grizzlies to their rightful home range.
Recycling your bottles and cans does not remotely make up for it.

Funny how these bears were able to survive for 100,000 of thousands of years before the permitting process, and now they are extinct in the vast majority of their previous ranges where the permitting system exists. Of coarse now in order to survive we must kill them. Brilliant.

Safari Club International is acting responsibly, and intelligently. Hunting WILL NOT endanger the population, and will raise important funds for continued wildlife projects. People should "get a clue" about wildlife, and wildlife biology before making ludicrous PETA-esque remarks which have no basis in fact, or science. Most of us who have spent lifetimes working for the "good" of wildlife and wilderness environment are tiring of hearing "two-cents" from every urban rat-hugger who won't take two-minutes to back-up their statements with anything but emotionalist garbage. Stick to spray-painting faux-fur coats and leave the grizzlies to those who understand and care for them.

The safari club needs to get a clue and stop killing off all these animals.

600! Thats not alot of bears when you consider hunting can take out many in a short period of time. A couple of years of that and they'll be gone. Keep the ban!!!!


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