CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) - Governor Matt Mead and other officials in Wyoming say they're disappointed with this week's ruling by a federal appeals court that stopped the federal government from ending Endangered Species Act protections for grizzly bears in the Yellowstone region.
A three-judge panel of the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals on Tuesday blocked the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service from turning management of grizzly bears over to Wyoming and other states in the region. The judges said the future of bears is uncertain because whitebark pine trees, which provide nuts for the bears, are in decline.
Mead said Wednesday that Wyoming will evaluate its options over coming weeks. Possible options for the state include asking the appeals court to reconsider or appealing its ruling to the United States Supreme Court.