An Island of Bears

David Quammen, one of this country’s most thoughtful nature writes, editorializes today in the NYTimes against "delisting" grizzly bears in Yellowstone National Park:

Some people have argued that it’s important in principle to de-list the Yellowstone grizzly, in order to show that the Endangered Species Act can yield success stories. That’s like arguing that we must claim success in our wars, early and often, in order to preserve faith in America’s military. So long as Yellowstone is an island, growing smaller every year, we shouldn’t delude ourselves that its grizzlies have "recovered" in any but the most tenuous and misleading numerical sense.

Published by Kit Stolz

I'm a freelance reporter and writer based in Ventura County.

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