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2017-07-31. Yellowstone grizzlies removed from threatened species list.

posted Aug 1, 2017, 12:39 PM by Alan Gould
By Matt Volz, AP. For GSS Losing Biodiversity chapter 8. Excerpt: HELENA, Mont. — The U.S. government lifted protections for grizzly bears in the Yellowstone region on Monday, though it will be up to the courts to decide whether the revered and fearsome icon of the West stays off the threatened species list. More than a month after announcing grizzlies in and around Yellowstone National Park are no longer threatened, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service officially handed over management of the approximately 700 bears living across 19,000 square miles (49,210 sq. kilometers) in Montana, Idaho and Wyoming to wildlife officials in those states. The ruling does not apply to the approximately 1,000 bears living farther north in the Northern Continental Divide area that includes Glacier National Park and the Bob Marshall Wilderness. ...The bears were determined to be a threatened species in 1975 after hunting and trapping in the 1800s and early 1900s nearly wiped them out. The strict no-kill policy and habitat preservation that came with being on the threatened species list helped their numbers recover in the years since.... https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/energy-environment/yellowstone-grizzlies-removed-from-threatened-species-list/2017/07/31/fa59d822-7606-11e7-8c17-533c52b2f014_story.html