Grizzly May Be Delisted in Yellowstone
November 18, 2005
November 18, 2005 -- In a Federal Registerpublished on Thursday, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service proposed to establish a distinct population segment (DPS) of the grizzly bear for the greater Yellowstone ecosystem and surrounding area. They also proposed to remove the Yellowstone DPS from the list of threatened and endangered wildlife.
The grizzly bear population is no longer an endangered or threatened population pursuant to the Endangered Species Act of 1973, based on the best scientific and commercial information available, stated the Register.
Robust population growth, coupled with state and federal cooperation to manage mortality and habitat, widespread public support for grizzly bear recovery and the development of adequate regulatory mechanisms has brought the Yellowstone grizzly bear population to the point where making a change to its status is appropriate.
Public comment on this proposed rule will be considered through Feb. 15, 2006.
A public hearing is scheduled for Jan. 10, in Cody Wyo. In addition, four open houses will be held at the following locations: Jan. 9 in Bozeman, Mont.; Jan. 10 in Cody, Wyo.; Jan 11 in Jackson, Wyo; and Jan 12 in Idaho Falls, Idaho.
The details of the register can be accessed at: http://a257.g.akamaitech.net/7/257/2422/01jan20051800/edocket.access.gpo.gov/2005/05-22784.htm.