Rep. Newhouse Bashes US Interior Secretary’s Support for Grizzly Bears in North Cascades

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Closeup Grizzly Bear (Ursus arctos horribilis) among vegetation

 

Sedro Wooley, Wa.- Congressman Dan Newhouse has issued a statement criticizing remarks made by US Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke in support of reintroducing grizzly bears to the North Cascades. Zinke spoke on Friday in Sedro Wooley declaring his support for the plan.

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US Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke

He said, “I’ve dealt with grizzly bears all my life.” And added “I’m in support of the great bear and I’m also in support of doing it right. Federal officials looking to restore the grizzly bear population released a draft plan last year with four options, ranging from taking no action to varying efforts to capture grizzly bears from other locations and transplant them to 9,800 square miles of mostly public land in and around North Cascades National Park.

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4th District Congressman Dan Newhouse

Congressman Newhouse said he was disappointed that Sec. Zinke did not first speak with him first. He said he’s heard from his constituents in Central Washington that reintroducing grizzly bears was a bad idea and that the federal government should listen to and respect the local community.

The National Park Service and U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service worked on drafting the environmental impact statement (EIS) for several years. After being published for public opinion, it was met with mixed reaction.

Recently his department stopped the EIS but it’s unclear why. Zinke did tell reporters that he expects a decision on the EIS by the end of the year.

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Steve Hair is a 40-year veteran broadcast journalist who comes to NCW LIFE TV after a long career in radio. Steve and his wife Lynette and their three sons moved to the Wenatchee Valley from Central California in 1992. Steve served as News Director for KPQ News where he covered a multitude of stories of importance to North Central Washington, including two of Washington State’s largest wildfires. During his radio career Steve has received many awards from organizations such as the Associated Press, (Sacramento and Seattle Bureaus) The Washington State Farm Bureau, and the California Medical Association. Steve is a sports addict. Time off usually finds him sprawled out on the couch watching the Seahawks, Mariners or anything that prevents him from doing house chores.