Mar 28

USFWS Moving to Delist Grizzlies

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The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (USFWS) announced this week  that it was moving forward with work to delist the grizzly bear. According to FWS, we could see the removal of Endangered Species Act protections for the Yellowstone grizzly by the end of the year.

FWS’s next steps are to conduct an analysis of threats to grizzly bears in the Yellowstone region, prior to making any decision to remove important Endangered Species Act protections for the bears.

Chris Servheen, grizzly bear recovery coordinator for USFWS said the Service will determine – based upon the threat analysis – whether or not it should draft a proposed rule to “delist” the bears by the end of the year, and would make a final decision following a public comment period as called for by law.

Grizzly bears have by some accounts rebounded successfully in the Yellowstone region, including a record-high 58 females with cubs counted in the Yellowstone ecosystem this year. However, as 00156we’ve written before, bears in Yellowstone have yet to connect naturally to other populations of bears in Montana – something that is important for long-term genetic health. Part of FWS plan for recovering bears includes trucking them from region to region in order to ensure genetic diversity, in the event that natural connectivity has not occurred by the year 2020. ESC strongly advocates that bear populations have natural connectivity—that different populations have wildlife corridors enabling them to reach each other.  Additionally, independent scientists have not yet had a chance to peer-review much of the data and studies the Service is using to inform their decision.

The rebound in the Yellowstone grizzly bear population from a low of about 150 bears to around 700 today is a huge testament to the success of the Endangered Species Act in protecting and recovering wildlife from the brink of extinction. We want to make sure that FWS is careful to continue this success. We must not slide backwards. We will monitor developments, and assess potential threats to the bears, and we will post more information about the proposal as it becomes available.

18 Comments on USFWS Moving to Delist Grizzlies

  1. Karen Cooper says:

    This short sighted onslaught against our wildlife must be stopped! There is NO overpopulation of anything except People! The only ones who push for delisting our endangered wild animals are the trophy hunters who kill for the thrill and the government who sells them the murder permit.

  2. Shane Destry says:

    Let’s see wild horses, wolves, bison, now it is the grizzly bear supposedly overpopulating so that it must be “culled” by “altruistic” hunters looking to put a trophy head on their walls no doubt ! BS ! The only safety for the grizzly bear is in remaining on the endangering list. I have an idea about what should be “culled”- the people who think wildlife need to be “managed” by human beings !
    Where is the proof that there is any “overpopulation”of grizzly bears at all ? Are they wandering around outside Yellowstone and eating fish and wildlife officials perhaps ? What a shame that would be !

  3. Jim Petera says:

    You can protect an animal that is not listed as an endangered species. The comments are all very compassionate and clearly made by those who have no experience in wildlife management. Assuming hunters will wipe out a managed species, please explain why we still have fish, deer, and elk. It is truly wonderful to see so much support toward protecting these magnificent animals. But let us rely on experts, not amatures.

  4. Colleen Hunt says:

    There will never be enough grizzly bears on our earth for anyone to need to kill them.
    Please protect and preserve them.
    They are worth it.
    4Wolves4Ever4Wolfwatcher

  5. Judith Somerset says:

    The assault on our wildlife by the USFG has to be stopped!! I agree! Sweep the place clean, and prosecute to the maximum special interest groups who attempt to “bribe” for changes that will enable their psychopathic drive to murder animals for trophies!

  6. Toni says:

    It is quote obvious now that USFWS is “in” with the kill happy whiny cry baby ADA hunters and greedy politicians. The world is watching this group very closely now. The majority of the nation is NOT hunters and want these senseless killings to stop! Start listening to the citizens! Internal investigations need to be put in place as these hunting fools will not stop short at shooting anything as long as their pockets are being lined!

  7. donna terrell says:

    Please keep the grizzlies on the endangered species list. They are such beautiful, wonderful animals and deserve to be protected and continue their lives like any other. It is man who has brought them to their endangered state and it is man who must now protect them.

  8. Mary Cook says:

    There are petitions to sign
    https://www.facebook.com/pages/Yellowstone-Grizzly-Lover-Community-Group/1492828880943792
    also call Louisa Willcox, (406) 224-2250 (cell), 406-222-1485
    Let your voices be heard
    I have had enough. The ranchers have grazed on BLM land for free
    They get reimbursed if a wolf kills their cattle.
    They are shooting the wolf, slaughtering the Bison, removing the wild horses and sterilizing them, and now this!
    I am outraged and plan to be in their faces. My see this old lady chained to a Grizzly soon.

    • betty Jeane Murphy says:

      Hey Mary………so agree..signing petition (s)..Grizzliles should never be completely removed!!! IF and I say IF they are no longer “considered” endangered……would a different status be acceptable???? Would VULNERABLE be another choice….??? (I didn’t say “better” :-)

      Betty

  9. Nancy Williams says:

    Nancy Williams says:
    March 28, 2014 at 4:20 pm
    Please continue to protect grizzlies in the Yellowstone area uner the US Fish & Wildlife Service. These magnificent creatures require natural connectivity to keep the gene pool healthy and with enough variety to ensure their healthy survival and continued growth of the amount of grizzlies in the area. I saw blonde mom and cub grizzlies in Alaska (Denali) and I will never forget it. I would love for my children to do so as well; and Yellowstone is much closer to PA than Alaska!

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  10. Nancy Williams says:

    Please continue to protect grizzlies in the Yellowstone area uner the US Fish & Wildlife Service. These magnificent creatures require natural connectivity to keep the gene pool healthy and with enough variety to ensure their healthy survival and continued growth of the amount of grizzlies in the area. I saw blonde mom and cub grizzlies in Alaska (Denali) and I will never forget it. I would love for my children to do so as well; and Yell

  11. Mama Grizzly says:

    I could not agree more. We need a clean sweep of the USFWS. They don’t use or believe in scientific studies, they just want to do what the hunters, ranchers and lobbyists. Without any valid (yes I said VALID) scientific facts.

  12. Sam says:

    More political BS from the hunting and ranching community who wants to hunt grizzly’s for the purpose of claiming a trophy. This has nothing to do with science justice the delisting of wolves. If fish and wildlife really want to bend over for this small minority of people be prepared to face the biggest backlash you have seen in 30 years. We need to clean house of the entire fish and wildlife service agency. They are nothing more than thugs serving the psychotic hunting community and ranchers who are to lazy to protect there livestock. It’s pathetic!

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