A good article by Rob Chaney of the Missoulian on the recommendation to no longer list grizzlies as threatened in the Yellowstone region . . .
With new research showing grizzly bears in and around Yellowstone National Park are going strong, Interagency Grizzly Bear Committee members unanimously called for ending federal protection of their namesake animal.
“This is not a decision to delist the grizzly,” U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service grizzly recovery coordinator Chris Servheen said after the vote was taken Wednesday. “It’s a recommendation to write a new rule.”
Higher authorities in the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service may decide by early January whether to follow the IGBC recommendation, made near the end of a two-day meeting in Missoula.
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The Interagency Grizzly Bear Committee holds its winter meeting starting Tuesday . . .
The Interagency Grizzly Bear Committee, which is responsible for grizzly bear recovery in the continental United States and adjacent Canadian provinces, will hold its annual winter meeting in Missoula on Tuesday and Wednesday at the Holiday Inn Downtown, 200 S. Pattee St.
Sessions will begin at 8 a.m. on both days. A public comment period will be provided at the end of each day.
Frank van Manen, leader of the Interagency Grizzly Bear Study Team, will present the results of a comprehensive food synthesis report related to grizzlies in the Yellowstone ecosystem. The IGBC then will discuss proposing a new rule and make a recommendation to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
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