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Gianforte Blasts Judicial Activism, Relisting of Grizzly in Yellowstone Ecosystem

July 30, 2019
Press Release

Congressman Greg Gianforte released the following statement after the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) relisted the grizzly bear in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem:

“Today’s listing is the result of an activist judge siding with environmental extremists and refusing to follow the scientific findings of U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service that the grizzly bear recovered in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. This unnecessary judicial overstep is another reason Congress needs to pass my bill with Congresswoman Cheney to end judicial activism, empower state management over one-size-fits-all federal management, and instruct the Department of Interior to re-issue its delisting.”

Today, USFWS revised the List of Endangered and Threatened Wildlife under the Endangered Species Act to again include grizzly bears in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. The relisting stems from frivolous litigation and a court order from an activist federal judge in Montana. The Federal Register Notice can be viewed HERE.

In 2018, USFWS determined that “[t]he [grizzly bear] population has rebounded from as few as 136 bears in 1975 to an estimated 700 today and meets all the criteria for delisting.” USFWS biologists determined the grizzly bear currently exceeds the carrying capacity of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem and now occupies more than 22,500 square miles.