Wyoming Congresswoman and House GOP Conference Chair Liz Cheney (R-WY) issued the following statement after the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service was forced by court-order to revise the List of Endangered and Threatened Wildlife under the Endangered Species Act to relist grizzly bears in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem:
“The court-ordered relisting of the grizzly was not based on science or facts, but was rather the result of excessive litigation pursued by radical environmentalists intent on destroying our Western way of life. The thriving grizzly population within the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem should be celebrated as a conservation success, with Wyoming investing significant resources in grizzly bear recovery and management since 2003.
“The ruling that forced today’s action was both needless and harmful to the ecosystem, which is why I introduced legislation earlier this year to reinstate the original, science-based decision by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to delist the grizzly and prevent future court action on the delisting, returning management of the grizzly back to the state where it belongs. I will continue working with my colleagues in Congress and the experts in Wyoming to ensure proper management of the wildlife in our state and prevent further federal overreach into our daily lives.”