BEARS EARS

The national monument Trump wants to shrink by up to 92%, in photos

US president Donald Trump is in Utah today, where he is expected to sign an executive order that will shrink the size of Bears Ears National Monument by “77 to 92 percent,” reports the New York Times. The national monument is just one of more than 20 that are up for review, including Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, also in Utah.

Created by then-president Barack Obama in 2016, Bears Ears covers more than a million acres, and holds multitude of archeological sites sacred to the various Native American tribes that reside in the area. The actions by Trump, at the recommendation of interior secretary Ryan Zinke, are seen as a means to promote fossil fuel drilling. Bears Ears is known for its caves, forests and 2,000-year-old petroglyphs.

Have a look:

The 'House on Fire' ruin, located in Mule Canyon, is pictured in Bears Ears National Monument in Utah’s Four Corners region
The ‘House on Fire’ ruin, located in Mule Canyon. (Reuters/Bob Strong)
Cave Towers in Bears Ears National Monument is pictured in Utah's Four Corners region
A rocky canyon containing an ancestral Puebloan archaeological site know as Cave Towers. (Reuters/Bob Strong)
The view from Comb Ridge is pictured in Utah’s Bears Ears area of the Four Corners Region
The view from Comb Ridge. (Reuters/Annie Knox)
Bears Ears, twin rock formations, are pictured in Utah's Four Corners region
Bears Ears, the twin rock formations which form part of Bears Ears National Monument. (Reuters/Bob Strong)
The Wider Image: Trump move stirs debate over Utah monuments
The moon glows over Indian Creek in the northern portion of Bears Ears National Monument. (Reuters/Andrew Cullen)
The Wider Image: Trump move stirs debate over Utah monuments
Rock climber David Rozul makes an ascent in Indian Creek, an area that attracts outdoor recreationists from around the world to Bears Ears National Monument. (Reuters/Andrew Cullen)
The Wider Image: Trump move stirs debate over Utah monuments
Hundreds of petroglyphs cover Newspaper Rock, in Bears Ears National Monument. (Reuters/Andrew Cullen)
Ruins of ancestral Pueblo cliff dwellings at Butler Wash in Bears Ears National Monument near Blanding
Ruins of ancestral Pueblo cliff dwellings at Butler Wash in Bears Ears National Monument. (Reuters/Andrew Cullen)
FILE PHOTO: Comb Wash is seen in Bears Ears National Monument near Blanding
Comb Wash cuts from north to south through Cedar Mesa in Bears Ears National Monument. (Reuters/Andrew Cullen)
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