House Considers Removing Two Grizzly Bear Populations from the Endangered Species List and Eliminate Possibility of Judicial Review

House Resolution 6284, the “Science Based Grizzly Bear Management Act of 2021,” would direct the Secretary of the Interior to remove the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem population (“Yellowstone Population”) and the Northern Continental Divide Ecosystem population of grizzly bears from the Endangered Species List. The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (FWS) removed the Yellowstone Population from the Endangered Species List in 2017, paving the way for hunting in Idaho, Wyoming, and Montana. In September 2018, a federal judge restored protections for that distinct population segment of grizzly bears, finding that FWS had acted in an arbitrary and capricious manner by failing to consider the delisting impact on other populations of grizzly bears. H.R. 6284 notably would eliminate the possibility of judicial review for the delisting decision. The bill was introduced by Rep. Matthew Rosendale of Montana and has been referred to the House Committee on Natural Resources.