Tribal leaders wanted to see grizzly bears left on endangered list
Published June 22, 2017
WASHINGTON – Citing the supposed success of recovery of the Yellowstone population of grizzly bears, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke on behalf of the Trump administration delisted the grizzly bear population in greater Yellowstone National Park on Thursday. His announcement means federal protections is removed and overall management can be returned to the states and tribes
Zinke claims the grizzly bear population has rebounded from as few as 136 bears in 1975 to an estimated 700 today and meets all the criteria for delisting.
“As a kid who grew up in Montana, I can tell you that this is a long time coming and very good news for many communities and advocates in the Yellowstone region,” said Secretary Zinke. “This achievement stands as one of America’s great conservation successes; the culmination of decades of hard work and dedication on the part of the state, tribal, federal and private partners. As a Montanan, I’m proud of what we’ve achieved together.”
The Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem (GYE) Distinct Population Segment (DPS) consists of portions of northwestern Wyoming, southwestern Montana and eastern Idaho. Grizzly bear populations outside of this DPS in the lower 48 states will be treated separately under the ESA and will continue to be protected.