21 Oct '11, 11pm

More misleading statements about grizzly bears by U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

The October 2nd article in the Missoulian also contained another misleading statement by U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) Grizzly Bear Recovery Coordinator Dr. Chris Servheen about public support for bear recovery. Dr. Servheen said: “If we are blocked by the legal system, if conservation is not achievable, support for grizzly bear conservation will drop off.” The fact is that the Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS)’s grizzly management efforts have been blocked by the legal system many times over the last several decades, when the agency could not justify its decisions using the best available science, and when its actions violated the Endangered Species Act—and public support has not dropped off. That is because the public expects FWS to follow the law and use the best available science to recover endangered species. There have been at least 10 successful cases brought b...

Full article: http://switchboard.nrdc.org/blogs/lwillcox/more_misleadin...

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