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Yellowstone Grizzlies Facing Federal End Run on Protection

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By    |   Friday, 04 Mar 2016 09:30 AM

Yellowstone grizzlies would be taken off the Federal Lists of Endangered and Threatened Wildlife in a proposal from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, but at least one Native American tribe is opposed to what looks like an end run around court rulings.

The fish and wildlife service detailed its proposal in a news release on Thursday, saying the bears living in Montana, Wyoming, and Idaho have increased from 136 in 1975 to more than 700 now.

The Fort Hall Business Council of the Shoshone-Bannock Tribes released a statement posted by the Idaho State Journal opposing the bear's delisting.

"The Shoshone-Bannock Tribes are not, and will not, be involved with any collaborations that seek to further the proposed delisting of the Yellowstone grizzly bear, and this position must be made plain in any presentation," said the tribe.

"The FHBC declaration not only renounces the federal government's desire to delist the grizzly bear, but also is unambiguous in rejecting Idaho Fish and Game's proposed trophy hunts for the grizzly if the Great Bear is shorn of ESA protections. No grizzly bears will be hunted on Shoshone-Bannock lands, and the Shoshone-Bannock will oppose any attempts to hunt grizzlies in their recognized ancestral homelands."

The Los Angeles Times said the federal government tried to delist the bears in 2007 but a Montana federal judge restored the protections two years later. The judge said the government's proposed protections couldn't be enforced and climate change could threaten the bears' food sources. The judge's ruling was upheld on appeal in 2011.

"The recovery of the Yellowstone grizzly bear represents a historic success for partnership-driven wildlife conservation under the Endangered Species Act," said Dan Ashe, the wildlife service director, was quoted in the news release.

"Our proposal today underscores and celebrates more than 30 years of collaboration with our trusted federal, state and tribal partners to address the unique habitat challenges of grizzlies. The final post-delisting management plans by these partners will ensure healthy grizzly populations persist across the Yellowstone ecosystem long into the future."

Roughly half of the country's 1,400 to 1,700 grizzly bears in the continental United States live in the Yellowstone area, said thwe Times.

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Yellowstone grizzlies would be taken off the Federal Lists of Endangered and Threatened Wildlife in a proposal from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, but at least one Native American tribe is opposed to what looks like an end run around court rulings.
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