Michael Finley: June 28, 2016

Open Season: On Yellowstone Grizzlies?

Removing Grizzly Bears from Endangered List Could Put Them in More Danger 

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Michael Finley

Former Superintendent of Yellowstone National Park

 

During these last remaining months of the Obama Administration and during this centennial celebration year of our National Park Service the administration’s conservation legacy is in the spotlight.

 

President Obama recently visited Carlsbad Caverns and Yosemite National Parks, where he lauded his administration’s successes in preserving landscapes and waterways and spoke to the many risks that our country’s wild places face.

 

Protecting wildlife such as grizzly bears is a role that the Obama Administration can and must play in shoring up a successful conservation legacy. However, a recent proposal by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is causing many organizations and individuals to raise concerns for the long-term health of the iconic animal. Former Yellowstone National Park Superintendent Michael Finley, member of the Coalition to Protect America’s National Parks is one of them.

On Tuesday, June 28th, Michael Finley will be available to talk more about the draft rule for removing Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem grizzly bears from the Endangered Species List and how it does not provide a clear picture of how bears will be managed if delisted nor does it assure adequate protections will be in place to ensure the long-term survival of this species.

More About Michael Finley

Michael Finley dedicated 30 years of his career to working with the National Park Service. His roles within the Park Service included nearly seven years as Superintendent of Yellowstone National Park.  Finley is a member of the Coalition to Protect America’s National Parks, an organization which studies, educates, speaks, and acts for the preservation and protection of the National Park System and mission-related programs of the National Park Service.

More About the Coalition to Protect America’s National Parks
The over 1,000 members of the Coalition to Protect America’s National Parks are all former employees of the National Park Service with nearly 30,000 years of stewardship of America’s most precious natural and cultural resources. Recognized as the voices of experience, the Coalition is a reliable, respected, and effective advocate for achievement of the mission and goals of the National Park Service.

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