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Grizzly in Yellowstone

Wyoming Gov. Matt Mead has launched his yearlong term as chairman of the Western Governors Association by attacking the Endangered Species Act. During a two-day workshop in Cody last week, Mead declared the act a failure and called for legislative reforms.

That may be good politics in a state government dominated by segments of the agricultural and energy industries that frequently oppose wildlife protections, but Mead’s complaint offers no legitimate basis for undoing our nation’s premiere wildlife preservation law.

Nearly 50 million acres of America’s most pristine public forest lands remain protected today, thanks to a decision this afternoon by the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals denying a last-ditch effort by the State of Wyoming and the Colorado Mining Association to overturn the U.S. Forest Service Roadless Area Conservation Rule, more commonly known as the Roadless Rule.

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