Mar 3

Yellowstone Grizzly Bear Delisting Announcement — Endangered Species Coalition Will Work to Ensure Proposal Contains Strong Conservation Measures for Grizzly Bears

Endangered Species Coalition statement in response to the U.S Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) announcement that it is preparing to remove Endangered Species Act protections from grizzly bears in the Yellowstone region:

“The Endangered Species Act is a critical safety net that has prevented 99 percent of protected plant and animal species from going extinct, and the restoration of the Yellowstone grizzly bear is another example of how the Endangered Species Act works to protect and recover species from the brink of extinction.”

“Nevertheless, the Endangered Species Coalition is concerned about:

  • The lack connectivity to date between grizzly bear populations;
  • The impact of climate change on bears, bear foods, and bear habitat;
  • Dwindling funding for grizzly bear conservation;
  • Ongoing human-bear conflict in certain areas and the associated grizzly bear mortality.”

“The Endangered Species Coalition will carefully scrutinize the draft delisting rule and conservation strategy to ensure it supports a healthy, stable population of grizzly bears into the foreseeable future, connectivity between bear populations, as well as strong protections in core grizzly bear habitat. Any delisting rule should also include robust monitoring of population trends, mortality and habitat conditions, as well as continued funding for vital conflict reduction work that maintains and improves social tolerance for grizzly bears. Finally, we expect strong commitments from states to manage bears carefully and conservatively, to allow grizzly bears to expand to suitable bear habitat.”

“The restoration of the Yellowstone grizzly bear to is an amazing Endangered Species Act success story. Thanks to decades of dedicated conservation efforts by federal, state and tribal wildlife officials, wildlife conservation groups, sportsmen and landowners, more than 700 grizzly bears roam the greater Yellowstone region, where there once were as fewer than 150. We need to ensure that grizzly bear conservation endures for future generations.”

–Derek Goldman, Northern Rockies Representative

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3 Comments on Yellowstone Grizzly Bear Delisting Announcement — Endangered Species Coalition Will Work to Ensure Proposal Contains Strong Conservation Measures for Grizzly Bears

  1. catherine miller says:

    please do not delist save our wild life….we have already entered the 6th mass extinction…do not fuel it

  2. sue says:

    Shut this agency down!!! Save OUR wildlife from “wannabee serial killers”. DO NOT use tax payer money for your murdering sprees. I would save an animal over any of you useless waste of air monsters!!

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