Officials Weigh Removing Grizzlies From Endangered List

Officials are meeting in Cody on Wednesday and Thursday to discuss post-delisting management plans

CODY, Wyo. — State and federal wildlife managers are considering removing Endangered Species Act protections from grizzly bears living in Yellowstone National Park.

Officials are meeting in Cody on Wednesday and Thursday to discuss post-delisting management plans. The member agencies of the Yellowstone Ecosystem Subcommittee had hoped to approve a final draft of the post-delisting management plant, but officials say it’s unclear that will happen.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service proposed lifting the federal protections for the Yellowstone bears in March. Grizzly bears were first listed as threatened in 1975 when the Yellowstone population was estimated to have as few as 136 bears. Recent estimates say the population has now climbed above 700.

Delisting the Yellowstone bears would give more management responsibility to Montana, Wyoming and Idaho and open the door for potential hunting seasons.

  • geraldcuvillier

    The states do not need more management responsibility, they need total management responsibility. The Tenth Amendment give that responsibility to the states, not the federal government.

    • Rhett the Butler

      Then 10th Amendment question was settled in 1865.

  • geraldcuvillier

    The 10th amendment was NOT repealed and it still reads the same as it did when it was written. You cannot wish it away and Trump said he will enforce the 10th amendment. Go back to Cuba.

    • Rhett the Butler

      I didn’t say it was repealed. You’re reading words that aren’t there, again.

  • geraldcuvillier

    The way you address the 10th amendment it does not exist. You cannot pick and choose what part of the Constitution you like and which part you do not like. If you do not like the Constitution, GO BACK TO CUBA!

    • Rhett the Butler

      You’re a fine one to talk about not cherry-picking the Constitution. You pursue an agenda-based interpretation as a matter of course.

      I never came from Cuba in the first place.

  • geraldcuvillier

    I took an oath fifty-four years ago to protect and defend the Constitution from all enemies foreign and domestic. I consider you a domestic enemy of the Constitution. You were railing a few months back about your wonderful illegal trip to Cuba. If you think a communist form of government is so great please go back there and leave our form of government alone.

    • Rhett the Butler

      I took that same oath. It was attached to a 6 yr contract. When I received my Honorable Discharge, that contract ended and I was no longer beholden to any of its terms and conditions, I don’t salute any officers for example. You choose to continue think yours is still in force.

    • Joe

      Who are you talking to? Your comment is just sitting here with no point of reference from which to read it. Use the reply button Gerald. Its easy. It makes sense to do so. Most of all, it lets people understand what you’re trying to say by giving your comments context.

  • geraldcuvillier

    I was not speaking to you Joe as you have no other comments about this article. As for Rhett, he feels no obligation to further defend this country as he has been treasonous in his actions towards this country and the Constitution since his discharge from military service. You should hang your head in shame. I never said you originated from Cuba, I said go back there because since your illegal visit there you hold it in such high esteem.

    • Rhett the Butler

      You’re confusing tourism with treason.

      There you again, making sh|t up out of whole cloth. Where have I ever said I hold Cuba in high esteem? Nowhere.

  • geraldcuvillier

    Now you are lying.

    • Rhett the Butler

      You have the right to your own opinion, but not your own facts.

  • geraldcuvillier

    You have the right to go back to your beloved Cuba.

    • Rhett the Butler

      Where did I say it was? Show me. Prove it.

  • geraldcuvillier

    I know it and you know it.

    • Rhett the Butler

      You think you know a lot of things, most of them fictitious.

  • geraldcuvillier

    I know you are a socialist and that you love Cuba.

    • Rhett the Butler

      Heh! silly old geezer.