The Sierra Club, in conjunction with the Western Watersheds Project and a number of local indian tribes, is suing the Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) for approving the hunting of four grizzly bears so that people can safely hunt elk in Grand Teton National Park. The Grand Tetons is one of the few national parks where hunting is allowed.
This authorization to kill the bears was approved in response to a Thanksgiving Day 2012 incident where three elk hunters shot and killed an adult male grizzly bear their attempts to scare the bear off had failed. There was no evidence that the hunters acted illegally and, after an extensive investigation, no charges were brought against the three licensed hunters. The male bear tried to defend the fallen elk it made as its food source and refused to back down when the hunters went to retrieve it.
The suit alleges that federal agencies have approved these kinds of hunts without taking into account how they affect the park’s grizzly bear population. The suit also claims that agencies (like the Wildlife Service) have failed to realize that similar hunts could result in killing of as many as 65 female bears in a single year–which the lawsuit alleges is more than three times the agency’s hunting limit for female bears.
Despite all of the legal wrangling surrounding this controversy, we see (yet again) environmentalists taking the side of animals (in this case bears) over the lives and health of humans, in this case it is elk hunters. If they are successful efforts will no longer need to be made by greens to outlaw hunting in places like the Grand Tetons since they were able to do so by preventing the hunting of grizzly bears. The same is true for any other animal population environmentalists seek to prevent the hunting of be it deer or even wolves. Environmentalists obviously envision a nature-based army of animal predators eventually overwhelming mankind to the point where humans starve due to lack of food or are killed by animals while out in the wilderness.