The reasoning goes like this: by putting the bears back under protected status under a September ruiing, Seattle-based U.S. District Judge Donald Molloy wiped out safeguards enacted when the grizzlies were removed from the Endangered Species List in 2007, including protection for bear habitat and a prohibition on road construction. With those provisions wiped out, argued federal officials in court papers filed Monday, bears are now more vulnerable because they’re protected.
Not sure we buy the arguments: those protections could be enacted separately without any linkage to the bears’ placement on any endangered list. And we’re not sure Malloy will buy the twisted logic, either.
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Photo by John Good, courtesy National Park Service.