Well, that’s interesting…
Yesterday the federal court in the grizzly bear fight in Wyoming issued a Temporary Restraining Order in favor of those opposing the grizzly bear hunts. Until that decision, the hunts were scheduled to begin in about 2 hours in Wyoming and Idaho.
In making the decision, the judge noted that the plaintiffs (note: the case is a consolidation of cases brought by Native American Tribes and environmental groups) met threshold considerations, most notably whether the plaintiffs would ultimately prevail if the matter proceeds. Specifically, the court found that the Plaintiff’s claims and evidence submitted to this point presented “serious questions,” which will require more “deliberate investigation.”
Recall, the plaintiffs in this case are challenging the delisting by the federal government for two primary reasons: a) the science is biased and bad; and b) the federal government moved forward without appropriate consultation with Native American tribes.
In issuing the TRO, federal court in Wyoming relied on a 2017 decision from the D.C. Court of Appeals pertaining to the (attempted) delisting of a sub-population of gray wolves in the Great Lakes without evaluating the impact on the entire population (Humane Society of the United States v. Zinke, 865 F.3d 585 (D.C. Cir. 2017). In other words, biodiversity is important to a species and a system, and when it comes to endangered species, we better make sure to get it right.
Remind me again what John Muir said about “tugging on one single thing in nature”?
(By the way, do you remember the source of the quote I used for this blog entry? Yeah, it was the pizza guy in Ferris Bueller’s Day Off; right after the girl in the arcade spit soda on Ed Rooney…)