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Defending Yellowstone’s Grizzlies: Inside the Case
Earthjustice Attorney Tim Preso explains the legal issues at stake, on the eve of the Aug. 30 court hearing and trophy hunts scheduled in Wyoming and Idaho. How you can help.

The day after this video was released, Tim Preso delivered oral arguments at Russell Smith Courthouse in Missoula in the lawsuit challenging removal of federal protections for Yellowstone's grizzly bears. During the Aug. 30 hearing, Judge Dana L. Christensen did not issue a decision in the case.

Directly following the hearing, Preso filed a request for a temporary restraining order to stop the upcoming trophy hunts. Hours later, Judge Christensen granted the temporary restraining order.

On Sept. 24, the judge issued his ruling in the case, finding that the Trump administration’s decision to strip Endangered Species Act protections from the population was illegal. Federal safeguards for Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem grizzly bears were reinstated. The decision spares the grizzlies from the planned trophy hunt.

Tim Preso, Earthjustice attorney:
“Americans are proud that we still have a place like Yellowstone. And one of the things that makes us proud is that we still have a grizzly population there. Earthjustice takes very seriously our role as guardians of that — and being the last line of defense. And we intend to make sure the government takes seriously its role in that capacity as well.”

The Endangered Species Act has prevented 99% of the species under its care from going extinct. America is home to some of the greatest environmental laws in the world — but the laws are only as good as their enforcement.

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