WASHINGTON DC- Plans to reintroduce grizzly bears into the North Cascades Wilderness are apparently on hold following yesterday’s action by a US House Committee.
The House Appropriations Committee adopted Rep. Dan Newhouse’s amendment to deny funding for the U.S. Department of Interior proposal. Newhouse criticized the plans as flawed.
“I have heard my constituents loud and clear on their opposition to transporting grizzly bears to the North Cascades, and the rest of the federal government should take note of local communities’ voices as well,” said Rep. Newhouse. “I am pleased that my amendment to deny funding to a proposal to transport grizzlies was adopted by the Committee and included in the legislation approved today. This legislation includes important priorities for rural Central Washington that encompass federal delisting of the gray wolf, wildfire prevention and mitigation, and preserving the North Cascades Smokejumper Base in Winthrop.”
Newhouse’s legislation is supported by Chelan, Okanogan and Skagit County Commissioners who share Newhouse’s concerns about the plans.
Supporters of the bear reintroduction plans, such as the group, Conservation Northwest, dismiss the concerns as unwarranted and not based on sound science.