Yellowstone grizzly bears have come back from the brink of extinction in the world’s first national park. Today we have more than 700 bears in Greater Yellowstone – up from fewer than 150 bears in the 1970s. Grizzlies not only represent the wildness of Yellowstone, but they also represent the success of the Endangered Species Act.
We’ve been working to protect bears here for more than 30 years. Today, our top priority is to make sure bears have what they need to thrive through the next 30 years and beyond.
That’s why we’re asking for your help today. The bear’s amazing comeback has prompted the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service to propose taking grizzly bears off the endangered species list and shifting bear management to the states of Montana, Wyoming, and Idaho.
Not so fast. The Service is again asking for public comments on its proposal to delist grizzlies, and unfortunately the process is still a mess. State and federal agencies are at odds over critical issues. Key pieces that will ensure the continued conservation of grizzly bears are missing. No one is answering fundamental questions about how grizzly bears would be managed.
- Will the states be required to maintain a stable population of bears?
- Will our national forests provide adequate habitat protections for bears?
- Are the states committed to connectivity?
And the big question: Will the Service turn its back on a 40-year success story in the remaining days of this administration, or will they do what’s right for bears and ensure these commitments remain into the future and are enforceable? If they cannot meet these simple commitments, they should abandon this flawed process.
Please join us in telling the Service – again – to correct its course. Click here to enter your comments into the web form. Click here for more details on what you might say (feel free to cut and paste these comments into the web form). Make your voice heard today on behalf of Yellowstone grizzly bears!
-- Caroline Byrd, Executive Director