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USFWS confirms grizzly delisting is imminent

USFWS confirms grizzly delisting is imminent

(Jackson, Wyo.) - Earlier this week, a letter from the United States Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) was leaked that indicated the organization is considering a proposal to take the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem (GYE) grizzly off of the endangered species list. Serena Baker, Public Affairs Specialist for the USFWS, confirmed that the organization is considering a delisting proposal. "The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has been considering delisting the Yellowstone grizzly bear population since it was initially delisted in 2007, so this is an ongoing process," said Baker. "We believe that the Yellowstone grizzly bear population is biologically recovered and are considering whether to move forward with a delisting proposal. We continue to work with states, tribes and other partners to ensure that a robust conservation plan is in place to maintain a recovered grizzly bear population in the absence of Endangered Species Act protections." According to Baker, any proposed delisting would include opportunities for public review and comment prior to a final decision. "We will only delist this population if we have a very high level of confidence that the population will remain recovered and never again need ESA protections," she added. Baker explained that recovery is based on more than just the number of bears, but on a combination of factors including quantity and quality of habitat, adequate regulatory mechanisms, and a good balance of male and female bears that are well-distributed throughout the ecosystem. "The goal would be to manage for approximately 674 grizzly bears to ensure a sustainable and resilient population that utilizes the entire available habitat in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem," Baker said. If the USFWS does decide to move forward with a proposal to delist the GYE grizzly, then the agency will publish a proposed rule in the *Federal Register*, and give Federal agencies, State biologists, and the public time to review and comment. More information on the process to take a species off of the endangered list is available here . *Feature Photo: A Grizzly h/t Jackie Skaggs, GTNP / Pitchengine Communities* #buckrail #county10 #county17 #oilcity #reboot #dally #shortgo #news