Idaho Commission Joins
Grizzly Lawsuit
The Idaho Fish and Game Commission voted unanimously January 19 to urge the state attorney general to file suit against the federal government to stop the reintroduction of grizzly bears proposed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Concurrently with that action, the state of Idaho filed suit in U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C. against the grizzly bear reintroduction plan.

The suit asks the court to rule the grizzly bear reintroduction program unconstitutional as a violation of the Tenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, and that the environmental impact statement prepared by the Fish and Wildlife Service violates the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA).

"The Fish and Game Commission applauds the Governor's decision to go to court to stop the reintroduction of grizzly bears," said Fish and Game Commission Chairman Fred Wood. "The Commission has a long history of opposing the reintroduction of grizzlies because of concerns about hunter safety and the potential resource impact. We support the Governor's action and will do whatever we can to support his efforts to stop this misguided federal action," Wood said.

Named as defendants in the suit are the Department of the Interior and its secretary, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and its director. Text of the full complaint is available on the Internet. Follow the link on the Governor's homepage.

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