Take Action: Wyoming Issues
Proposal to Delist Grizzly Bears
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is preparing to remove Endangered Species Act protections from grizzly bears later this year, and turn management over to the states around Yellowstone National Park. Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho have made it clear that they want to immediately begin sport hunting of grizzly bears. Learn more about what this would mean for bears, and please tell USFWS Director Ashe not to delist grizzlies! May 10 is the last day to submit comments.
Here are points to consider:
- If grizzlies are delisted, many bears will be killed by agency personnel and hunters. The bear population will be killed back to minimal numbers, which is why they were protected in the first place.
- Grizzly bear food sources, such as cutthroat trout, white-bark pine, and elk are themselves threatened by invasive species, climate change and diseases.
- More than 60 grizzlies died last year in the Yellowstone region, many killed unnecessarily by people. Killing even more bears through trophy hunting is the ultimate insult to the bears and to wildlife enthusiasts who fought to keep this iconic species from going extinct.
- The Department wants to kill bears to alleviate so-called “conflicts” with cattle and improperly stored human food and garbage. Killing off grizzlies is a poor solution; instead, the Department and other agencies should require better grazing practices and enforce bear-proof food storage and trash disposal.
- Millions of people visit this region to view and celebrate grizzly bears. A live bear is worth far more than a dead bear.
For more information, please don't hesitate to contact our Conservation Director, Lloyd Dorsey. Thank you for speaking out to defend grizzly bears!
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Updated Map Shows Current Expansion of Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) Across Wyoming
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Wyoming folks join millions around the world for Global Climate March.
Many, many thanks to Martha Martinez del Rio and Sam Pennington of the Sierra Club Wyoming Chapter (SCWC), the Social Justice Committee of the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Laramie, the University of Wyoming's Sustainability Club, and all the great, helpful, committed people who organized and participated in the march.
The Sierra Club Wyoming Chapter is thrilled to announce our new partnership with Creative Energies of Lander. We are proud to be partnered with Creative Energies, a local renewable energy company that offers high quality, affordable solar products.
There are three important parts of our new solar program:
- Our new website, wysierraclubsolar.org explains the entire program and how to sign up for a free site assessment and quote.
- Creative Energies will present free, educational residential solar installation workshops at Sierra Club meetings (which will be open to the public) in several communities in Wyoming. (You do not need to attend a workshop to take advantage of this program.)
- Through this program only, Creative Energies will offer Sierra Club Wyoming Chapter members an up to $1,000 discount on a typical home solar system! By working with us to reduce marketing expenses to our members, Creative Energies is able to offer tremendous savings off their already lowest in the region pricing!
Through this initiative, Sierra Club Wyoming Chapter can guarantee our members and supporters the most affordable solar installation options currently available in Wyoming. This program is creating local jobs, supporting a local solar business and local families, and each project leads Wyoming one step closer to a sustainable clean energy future. Click here to learn more.
Our website proudly features images of Wyoming’s public lands and wildlife, as captured by local and regional photographers. We appreciate their generosity in donating the use of their photos. The website header photo was contributed by Wayne Karberg. Place cursor over other photos to see photographer credits. If you would like to submit your photos for consideration, please contact us.
The calendar below shows upcoming events including outings sponsored by the Chapter. Click on the event name for more information and to sign up. The Chapter is still developing its 2016 outings schedule so details may change - please stay tuned. For more information on outings in general, go to the Get Outdoors tab. For outings in and near Jackson Hole, please go to the Teton Group website.
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