Grizzly 610 walks down a park road with her three cubs in springtime, April 13, 2012. Missoula, MT — A federal judge today granted a temporary restraining order stopping Wyoming and Idaho’s planned grizzly hunt that was set to start Sept. 1. The order grants the bears a reprieve while the judge decides whether the federal government should reinstate federal protections for the bears. “As we explained to the judge today, the removal of protections for Yellowstone’s iconic grizzlies was illegal. The bears should not be killed in a hunting season made possible by an illegal government decision,” said Tim Preso, Earthjustice attorney. In the order, the Judge Dana L. Christensen wrote that the impending hunt would cause irreparable harm to grizzly bears “because once a member of an endangered species has been injured, the task of preserving that species becomes all the more difficult.” Judge Christensen heard oral argument today on the challenge to the federal government’s 2017 decision to remove federal Endangered Species Act protections from a segment of the lower-48 grizzly population that occupies habitat in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. Earthjustice filed the temporary restraining order today on behalf of the Northern Cheyenne Tribe, Sierra Club, […]

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