Demanding the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Trump Administration update the grizzly bear recovery plan, a conservation organization filed a lawsuit in Missoula, Mont., last Thursday.
The Center for Biological Diversity claims “current science” indicates there is suitable habitat for reintroduction of grizzles in select places in California such as the Sierra Nevada Mountains, in Arizona near the Grand Canyon and in the southern Rocky Mountains.
“The recovery plan for grizzly bears is more than 25 years old, doesn’t reflect current science and is unambitious,” said Collette Adkins, the carnivore conservation director for the center.
The organization said the 2017 attempt to delist the Yellowstone grizzly from Endangered Species Act protection was a Trump Administration effort to “halt grizzly recovery, but that wrong-headed decision was overturned by a judge in September, 2018.”
That was the case that removed grizzly management from Wyoming, Montana and Idaho and returned it to the federal government.
This lawsuit asks the courts to impose a deadline on Fish and Wildlife to update a recovery plan and “evaluate the need to pursue grizzly bear recovery in additional areas where suitable habitat exists.”