CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — The Wyoming Supreme Court is scheduled to hear arguments Thursday in the case of an environmentalist denied state records related to endangered species protection for grizzly bears.
The state denied the records on the grounds they are exempted under executive privilege, a provision that does not explicitly exist in Wyoming's public records laws.
Robert Aland wants the records supporting Gov. Matt Mead's conclusion that the greater Yellowstone grizzly population is healthy enough that federal Endangered Species Act protections no longer are needed.
Aland was among several activists who protested the November 2012 killing of a grizzly bear in Grand Teton National Park. The grizzly was killed by hunters participating in the park's annual elk hunt.