grizzly bear

Newhouse wrote that the reintroduction plan “threatens the way of life” for his North Central Washington constituents. Ranchers are concerned that grizzlies could kill livestock, and Newhouse also wrote that the bears would negatively affect recreation and rural economies.

Hal Bernton

TDN.com

The federal government would be barred from spending money to move grizzly bears into Washington’s North Cascades in the coming fiscal year, under an amendment approved Thursday by the U.S. House of Representatives.

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke has backed the effort to bring the bears back to the mountain range, saying in March they are “part of a healthy environment.” That gave new life to an Obama-era recovery study halted by the Trump administration.

But the recovery effort in the North Cascades is opposed by Rep. Dan Newhouse, a Republican from Sunnyside, who inserted in a House appropriations bill the amendment banning federal money for reintroduction efforts.

In an April letter to Zinke, Newhouse wrote that the reintroduction plan “threatens the way of life” for his North Central Washington constituents. Ranchers are concerned that grizzlies could kill livestock, and Newhouse also wrote that the bears would negatively affect recreation and rural economies.

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