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Bernhardt pulls plug on planning for reintroduction of grizzly bears at North Cascades NP

In a move quickly criticized as placing politics over science, Interior Secretary David Bernhardt on Tuesday brought a halt to work to help recover grizzly bears in the North Cascades Ecosystem.

"Grizzlies have been an integral part of the North Cascades ecosystem for 20,000 years but are now one of the most threatened populations in North America," said Rob Smith, the Northwest Region director for the National Parks Conservation Association. "This purely political decision ignores science, Park Service recommendations and overwhelming public support and instead threatens the very survival of one of the nation’s most famous wild creatures.

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