Groups sue to pro­tect griz­zlies, hunts ex­pected

The Hamilton Spectator - - CANADA & WORLD -

Wildlife ad­vo­cates and a Mon­tana Indige­nous tribe have asked a U.S. court to re­store pro­tec­tions for griz­zly bears in and around Yel­low­stone Na­tional Park so that tro­phy hunt­ing of the fear­some an­i­mals would not be al­lowed. The North­ern Cheyenne Tribe, the Hu­mane So­ci­ety and sev­eral con­ser­va­tion groups filed three law­suits Tuesday and Wed­nes­day in fed­eral court in Mon­tana, chal­leng­ing the gov­ern­ment’s re­cent move to lift pro­tec­tions. Idaho, Mon­tana and Wy­oming are plan­ning lim­ited public hunt­ing of the re­gion’s roughly 700 bears. Crit­ics say there is al­ready too much pres­sure on the bear pop­u­la­tion as cli­mate change af­fects what they eat and as con­flicts with hu­mans re­sult in dozens be­ing killed ev­ery year.

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