Agency ignores court order, issues scientifically invalid 90-day ESA finding

2019 09 12 ESA denial Buffalo Field Campaign Stephany Seay photo

Conservationists blasted the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service notice in the Federal Register, published September 6, that denies further consideration Endangered Species Act protections for bison herds in Yellowstone National Park. The new finding still applies the wrong standard of evidence for a 90-day finding, which a federal judge found illegal in 2017, and continues to disregard important scientific evidence that the bison herds in Yellowstone are two distinct genetic subpopulations which are threatened by current management actions that disproportionally target the Central Interior herd for capture and slaughter.

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