The future of grizzly bears in the Yellowstone region is at a pivotal point. Following a recent proposal from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to remove grizzlies from the endangered species list, Idaho just released proposed rules for public comment, which will determine how the state's bears are managed if federal protections are removed.
So far it doesn't look good: The rules aim to allow trophy hunts.
This destructive proposal comes at a time when key grizzly bear food sources in the heart of the Yellowstone ecosystem have been collapsing and grizzly mortality rates have been on the rise. It also fails to see the big picture, in which these bears have recovered in only 4 percent of their historic range.
July 15, 2016 Action Alert ID# 399
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