Leaked USFWS letter discusses proposal to delist Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem grizzly

(Jackson, Wyo.) - Earlier this week, a letter was leaked from the United States Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) that indicates an upcoming proposal to take the grizzly bear off of the endangered species list. The letter, dated September 25, is addressed to Virgil More, the Director of the Idaho Department of Fish and Game, Jeff Hagener, Director of the Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks, and Scott Talbot, the Director of the Wyoming Game and Fish Department. The beginning of the letter refers to several meetings and on-going discussion to potentially delist the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem (GYE) grizzly bear. In one area of the letter, it states that, "We have established a timeline and associated action items (to include review and agreement by all parties) to both the Recovery Criteria and the Conservation Strategy that we believe will allow us to publish a proposed delisting rule prior to the end of 2015." Governor Matt Mead has discussed delisting Grizzlies in the past, stating recently that we have surpassed the recovery goal of 500 to a population of more than 700. Read the full leaked letter below: [image: Inline image 1][image: Inline image 2] *Feature Photo: Grizzly. h/t Catherine Lall via Shutterstock / Pitchengine Communities* #buckrail #county10 #county17 #shortgo #reboot #dally #oilcity #news