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Decades of Political Meddling Threaten GYE Grizzlies

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Sam Jojola, USFWS Special Agent (retired)

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Research Illuminates Historical Threats for Grizzlies in the GYE

The 23 years covert experience in federal wildlife law enforcement always reminds me to look deep behind the curtain of puppet master politics that often manipulate the strands of negative decisions that hamper long term protection of key wildlife species in our country and around the globe. Recent research has further illuminated past and present political threats of oil, gas, with alliances from SCI and the NRA that appear to be a multi-prong threat. This detailed 2014 report describes these alliances and how they can work to compromise key biological and wildlife resources:

https://cdn.americanprogress.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/04/IndustryInfluenceReport.pdf

Foreign mining interests are looming over the GYE. Google “mining opportunities in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem” and a host of articles appear. Gold mining interests have friends in “high places”. When states are left to take the lead in managing these interests, the “golden rule” will often apply. “He who hath the gold rules”, and ecosystems and wildlife will suffer by political meddling. Déjà vu all over again reminds me of my experience in the 1980’s in Nevada with foreign precious metal corporations and migratory bird deaths from cyanide heap leach operations.

Trophy hunting Grizzlies in the GYE could be the coup de gras with oil, gas and mining interests contributing to the “big picture” of multiple ongoing serious threats.

Recent court decision reveals flaws with delisting GYE Grizzly

The recent court decision based on a lawsuit by the Humane Society of the United States revealed serious flaws behind the Grizzly delisting in the GYE:

https://www.courthousenews.com/wolf-ruling-has-agency-wrestling-with-grizzlies/

I strongly believe the HSUS decision that affects the GYE grizzly bear final rule should require the Service to re-evaluate the delisting of the GYE grizzly bear population and examine this species as a whole across the remaining U.S. grizzly bear ecosystems. This court decision shows USFWS is acting in haste to separate listed species into distinct populations and delisting them. The GYE Grizzly delisting exposes the blatant hypocrisy of this bizarre and reckless strategy that goes against the long term protection of all grizzly bear populations. More

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They couldn’t pass the bogus Water Restoration Act or the Law of the Sea Treaty..so they stole the water with an Executive order

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For almost fifteen years, every effort has been made to bring the Law of the Sea Treay into the US.  This was followed by the several and various legislative attempts to seize all water from any source whatsoever and claim it as “federal” .   Obama, following in Bush’s footsteps, is doing  his part for the global water theft and seizes the oceans, coastlines and the Great Lakes. 

Using the BP oil disaster in the Gulf as an excuse, Obama lays claim to the prime coastal areas of the oceans and the great lakes.  Piece by piece, the last ten years have seen a land theft of approximately 17% of all available lands not already taken by federal claims.  This increases the federal governments land ownership across the states to approximately 81% of ALL land and coastal areas…..Marti

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Executive Order 13547–Stewardship of the Ocean, Our Coasts, and the
Great Lakes

Memorandum of July 19, 2010–The Presidential POWER Initiative:
Protecting Our Workers and Ensuring Reemployment

                        Presidential Documents

Title 3–
The President

                Executive Order 13547 of July 19, 2010

                Stewardship of the Ocean, Our Coasts, and the Great Lakes

                By the authority vested in me as President by the
                Constitution and the laws of the United States of
                America, it is hereby ordered as follows: More

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