Grizzly Bear Introduction Draft EIS Comments due October 24
Ag Daily, Oct 17, 2019
Today, the United States Cattlemen’s
Association (USCA) submitted comments on the North
Cascades Grizzly Bear Restoration Plan Draft Environmental
Impact Statement ahead of the October
24, 2019 deadline. The plan seeks to import up to 200 grizzly
bears to the region, despite obvious local stakeholder concerns.
USCA Public Lands Committee Co-Chair Jack Alexander issued the
“The original intent of the Endangered Species Act was to serve
as a means of ensuring survival of specific species that faced a
serious threat of extinction. We have not yet witnessed the
utilization of the law as a tool to promote range expansion for
any non-threatened species, as is happening within this ‘plan’.
“The International Union for Conservation of Nature has listed
Ursus arctos, more commonly known as the “Grizzly” bear, as a
‘Species of Least Concern’, due in no small part to its
population numbers of over 55,000 across North America. In
short, the basis for this ‘restoration plan’ fails to take into
account local stakeholder concerns regarding the safety and
well-being of their families, neighbors, and livestock.
“USCA wholly rejects the findings in the draft environmental
impact statement and encourages the agencies to reconsider its
plan to attempt to ‘restore’ a grizzly bear population in the
Northern Cascades Ecosystem or, at the very least, consult with
appropriate local communities on next steps.”
Want to submit your own comments? The U.S.
Forest Service is accepting public
comments on the draft
environmental impact statement until October 24, 2019.
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