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Federal delisting of the grizzly bear could leave tribes vulnerable to state interference . . .
Cultural imperatives and the preservation of sovereignty require, first, a repudiation of the federal government’s desire to delist the grizzly bear from the ESA; and second, the legislative resolve to deny the states’ determination to see trophy hunting of grizzlies on reservations and the extirpation of the grizzly from swathes of reservation and ancestral homelands. Anything less will set a dangerous precedent for tribes with state governments that are consistently hostile to their rights and sovereignty issues.
Nits Make Lice - The Emergence of the North American Model of Wildlife Conservation: The underlying premise of “nits make lice” can be found in federal law as it pertains to Indian nations. When Chief Justice John Marshall configured de Vitoria’s framework from the Doctrine of Discovery to define the federal government’s relationship to Indian tribes, he essentially articulated the host-dependent paradigm . . .
“This is not a hunting issue, it is a killing issue. We come from a subsistence culture where there is ceremony and great respect accorded those beings you ask to offer their lives so that you might live. That is what you call a hunting tradition, not a killing tradition.” Don Shoulderblade, Cheyenne spiritual leader.
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Twelve hundred miles separates Bella Bella from Yellowstone, but in a matter of months the same scenes that sicken tribal members of the Coastal First Nations will be coming to a National Forest near you if you live in, or intend to visit, the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem (GYE).
Whitebark Pine: Keystone to Afterthought in the Quest to Delist may be the most important article you ever read on the government’s drive to delist the Yellowstone grizzly bear. The public is under the impression that a consensus now exists among scientists regarding Yellowstone’s grizzlies and the depletion of whitebark pine, but that is a falsehood cultivated by the feds “grizzly czar” Chris Servheen, the Interagency Grizzly Bear Study Team (IGBST), and the Interagency Grizzly Bear Committee (IGBC). This is IGBST leader Frank van Manen’s work, and the only scientists to have seen any of the data are his IGBST colleagues. No independent scientists have been provided with the information to draw their own conclusions or offer critical reviews. The government simply refuses to release the data.
Anne Chao of National Tsing Hua University created a model to estimate populations from sparse capture-recapture records to assess the population of Illinois mud turtles when the merits of that species for Endangered Species Act listing were being evaluated. The Interagency Grizzly Bear Study Team took Chao’s analysis to aid in the removal of the grizzly from that same list . .
Halving grizzly country in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem (GYE), or rather, redrawing grizzly country on a virtual GYE, was not going to be sufficient in and of itself to furnish the desired population estimate; and so, after years of defending the extrapolations from "Chao2", the IGBST (Inter-agency Grizzly Bear Study Team) proposed a new grizzly counting system based upon the “mark-resight” process. "Chao" replaced the "Knight" protocol when a departure into bio gerrymandering was needed, and now history repeats . . .
That trophy hunters are responsible for the recovery of endangered species has in scope and purpose become a classic western frontier myth, designed to engender the same responses and attitudes within a particular segment of society who share a common ideology. It is not unlike the pantheon of myths that came before that were targeted at tribal people and served to justify dispossessing them.
If the Black Rhino is listed as a “Critically Endangered Species,” What Does That Make the Yellowstone Grizzly? There May be Ten-Times More Black Rhinos on Earth than Yellowstone Grizzlies.
Wyoming Governor Matt Mead’s “Trophy Game Management Area” for wolves is where the State intends to corral grizzlies. Wyoming, “has the authority to establish zones and areas in which trophy game animals may be taken, in the same manner as predatory animals without a license,” reads Wyoming’s Grizzly Management Plan.
The “three-strike” policy will be replaced by the one strike - lead.
The first three months of wolf management by Wyoming provides an insight into what awaits the Great Bear . . .