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The United States Fish and Wildlife Service will restore federal protections to grizzly bears in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem, the agency announced Tuesday.
The GYE, an area of the northern Rocky Mountains encompassing parts of Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho, is one of six ecosystems in the lower 48 states that’s home to grizzly bears. The ecosystem held only 136 grizzlies when the species was designated as threatened with extinction in 1975, according to the National Park Service. After 44 years on the endangered species list, there are now more than 700 of the 400-pound bears roaming the region.
The Trump administration removed protections for grizzly bears living in the GYE in 2017 (though the proposal was first put forth in 2016 under the Obama administration) after reviewing the “best available and scientific commercial data,” which indicated that the species in that ecosystem no longer met the definition of an endangered or threatened species. Protections remained in place for grizzlies in the other five ecosystems.
Read the full article on the Yellowstone grizzly bears by Kelley Czajka at Pacific Standard.
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