Judge Temporarily Halts Wyoming, Idaho Grizzly Hunt
“The judge relied on a dubious 9th circuit case law reference by stating that irreparable harm can be caused by the death of one bear in this year’s hunt instead of the more reasonable and scientific approach of evaluating impacts on population levels.”
Specifically, Christensen wrote, “The threat of death to individual bears posed by the scheduled hunts is sufficient” to temporarily halt the hunts, adding the restraining order was put in place because anti-hunting groups “were likely to succeed” based on their arguments. He also wrote, “Organizational plaintiffs…have established personal interests in the enjoyment of the species.”
Plaintiffs include the Humane Society of the United States, Alliance for the Wild Rockies, Center for Biological Diversity, Wild Earth Guardians and nine Native American tribes, among others.
Adam J. McCleod