The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) recently published a notice in the Federal Register that added the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem (GYE) grizzly bear back to the Endangered Species Act (ESA) list as a threatened species, effective immediately.
The GYE grizzly bear situation is, unfortunately, an ongoing saga. Earlier this year, an NRAHLF.org article reported, “As of 2016, [GYE grizzlies] totaled more than 700—a number once thought impossible—and now are so densely populated in the GYE that they have expanded their wilderness range and in some areas are bordering rural farm/ranch lands. USFWS’ first attempt at delisting the recovered species was in 2007. Anti-hunting extremist groups mobilized, sued the federal government and got the bear re-listed to keep its management under federal government control. When the USFWS gave its proposed removal another go in 2016, instead of celebrating the species’ recovery—which at that point marked a 41-year conservation success story spearheaded in part by hunters—the antis dug in their heels yet again.”
Cheney vowed to work with her Congressional colleagues to remove the ESA status of the GYE bears, emphasizing the need to “ensure proper management of the wildlife in our state and prevent further federal overreach into our daily lives.”
Stay tuned. It sounds like the fight over this issue is only beginning.
About the Author: Brian McCombie is a field editor and editorial contributor for the NRA's American Hunter. He writes about firearms and gear for the NRA's Shooting Illustrated website, as well as handling public relations and marketing for companies and manufacturers in the shooting sports industry. He is a member of the National Rifle Association and the National Shooting Sports Foundation. Brian likes hunting hogs, shooting 1911s chambered in 10 mm and .45 ACP, watching the Chicago Bears and relaxing with Squinchy, the orange tabby cat.