GYC on griz delisting: This rule needs to keep bears alive

Today the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service announced that it will release the final delisting rule for the Yellowstone grizzly bear. The rule will be published as early as next week.

We haven’t seen the final rule yet. But when it’s available, we’ll be taking a hard look to make sure it doesn’t threaten the long-term survival of the great bear. Once we’ve reviewed the delisting rule we’ll be in touch with you on where we stand.

In the meantime, our work on the ground to keep bears alive continues. We’ve raised almost $1 million to bear-proof campgrounds, protected lands bears need to thrive from gold mines, and much more. Please click here to learn more about what GYC’s doing to keep bears alive and people safe.

Grizzly sow and cubs. (Photo Tom Murphy.)

Grizzly sow and cubs. (Photo Tom Murphy.)

We’re not only concerned about the future of the grizzly, we’re also worried about the law that played such an important role in bringing it back from the brink – the Endangered Species Act (ESA). Right now, some politicians are trying to weaken the ESA. This law is 99 percent effective. Since 1973, only seven of the 1,800 species protected by the Act have been lost. It’s no surprise that 90 percent of Americans support it. Americans also love Yellowstone’s iconic grizzly bears. As we look ahead, our goal is to ensure both grizzly bears and this bedrock wildlife law aren’t victims of short-sighted politics.

Thank you so much for helping us lead the way in protecting grizzly bears for years to come. We’re proud of the role we’ve played in the comeback of the grizzly, one of America’s greatest wildlife success stories.

-- Caroline Byrd, Executive Director