NRDems Forum: Vital Ground - Grizzlies, Wolves and the ESA

Date: Wednesday, April 20, 2016 Time: 12:30 PM

Grizzly bears and gray wolves once lived in much of western North America, but were hunted ruthlessly and extirpated over most of their range. Today, both species are making a successful comeback in some of their former habitat due to strong conservation efforts. This incredible success is a direct result of the Endangered Species Act (ESA)—our nation’s most forward-thinking and effective wildlife conservation law. 

In recent years the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) – under strong pressure from wildlife opponents – has attempted to remove ESA protections from grizzly bears and gray wolves. The future of grizzly and wolf population relies on protecting the vital ground we’ve gained on species recovery in the face of political pressure from wildlife opponents.  The briefing will provide an overview of the legal responsibility and scientific necessity for strong and effective ESA protections.

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Brian Bean, rancher, discusses grey wolf conservation efforts David Moscowitz explains the broad ecological benefits of protecting endangered species Representative Peter DeFazio speaks on the importance of the Endangered Species Act and why we should continue to protect the grey wolf and grizzly bear Representative Debbie Dingell stresses the importance of focusing on science and not politics when it comes to legislation decisions regarding the Endangered Species Act Ranking Member Raul Grijalva discusses the need for moving the Endangered Species Act forward, and continuing the protection of the grey wolf and grizzly bear Thomas Mangelsen discusses the positive impact the Endangered Species Act has on grizzly bears and the reasons to continue their protection Todd Wilkinson discusses the importance of the Endangered Species Act and why we should continue to protect the grey wolves and grizzly bears Panelists take questions on the Endangered Species Act and its effectiveness on wildlife preservation Ranking Member Raul Grijalva with panelists on grizzly bear and grey wolf hearing