FWS One Step Closer to Delisting Two Distinct Grizzly Bear Populations

The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (FWS) announced its preliminary findings that delisting grizzly bears in the Northern Continental Divide Ecosystem (NCDE) and the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem (GYE) may be warranted and is commencing a comprehensive 12-month status review. FWS is soliciting scientific, commercial, and other data relating to the NCDE and GYE distinct populations of grizzly bears that it should consider in formulating its final determination. The Montana legislature already is considering a bill that would allow trophy hunting of grizzly bears if FWS finalizes the delisting proposal.