Judge halts grizzly bear hunts around Yellowstone National Park and Rocky Mountains

Mail Online | 8/31/2018 | Chris Dyer For Mailonline;Associated Press
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A judge has temporarily blocked grizzly bear hunts around Yellowstone National Park and the Rocky Mountains two days before it was due to start.

The federal judge yesterday put a hold on the opening of the first grizzly bear hunts to be held in the Rocky Mountains in more than 40 years.

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US District Judge Dana Christensen's order came just two days before Wyoming and Idaho prepared to began the first hunting season of grizzly bears in the area since 1974, due to start tomorrow.

Yesterday's ruling was seen as a victory for wildlife campaigners and Native American tribes that sued over the US Fish and Wildlife Service's decision in 2017 to lift protections for 700 bears in and around Yellowstone National Park.

Wildlife - Officials - Bears - Activists - Plaintiffs

Federal wildlife officials said the bears are thriving and do not need protecting, but animal activists, acting as the plaintiffs, argued the bears still face threats to their survival.

Judge Christensen wrote in her ruling: 'The threat of death to individual bears posed by the scheduled hunts is sufficient to justify a delay in the state's hunting seasons.'

Decision - Hunt - Future - Judge - Date

A final decision on whether the hunt can resume in the future will be made by the judge at a later date.

Fewer than two dozen bears would be allowed to be killed in the hunts.

Mike - Garrity - Executive - Director - Alliance

Mike Garrity, the executive director for plaintiff Alliance for the Wild Rockies said: 'We're thrilled. Now the judge has time to rule without grizzly bears being killed starting Saturday morning.'

Fewer than two dozen bears would be allowed to be killed in the hunts.

Grizzlies - Attacks - Livestock - Impact - Bears

Frequent grizzlies attacks on livestock, the impact bears have on populations of deer and elk as well as the threat grizzlies pose to humans, were cited as reasons for hunting the wild creatures.

But Todd Hoese, an accountant and hunter from Gillette, Wyoming, expressed disappointment in Judge...
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