Feds work to remove protections from northern Rockies grizzlies

Posted: May 14, 2013

Written by

ROB CHANEY, The Missoulian
Grizzly bears

Grizzly bears lack a reputation as a rule-following animal, but they sure inspire a lot of rule-making. The bears of the Northern Continental Divide Ecosystem have a draft 158-page rulebook up for public comment this summer as they move toward possible removal from federal Endangered Species Act protection.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service plan describes how roughly 1,000 grizzlies in that area would be managed, protected and restricted. It’s up for public comment through August.

The draft plan doesn’t apply to all grizzly bears, either. Western Montana, Idaho, Wyoming and Washington have several legally distinct bear populations, all of which currently enjoy threatened status under the ESA.

Comment on the Draft Conservation Strategy.

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