After 42 long years spent struggling on the Fish and Wildlife Department’s endangered species list, the greater Yellowstone Grizzly Bear is finally getting to a chance to relax.
A recent release by the Department of the Interior has confirmed that the Fish and Wildlife Department will remove the Yellowstone Grizzly from the endangered species list in the coming month. Back in 1975, the Yellowstone Grizzly came close to extinction with a population that dwindled to a measly 136 bears in the greater Yellowstone area. Today that number has risen to above 700.
Interior secretary, Ryan Zinke praised the move saying, “This achievement stands as one of America’s great conservation successes; the culmination of decades of hard work and dedication on the part of the state, tribal, federal and private partners.” The delisting will take place 30 days after the formal filing is published to the Federal Register.
Find the entire release here: Secretary Zinke Announces Recovery and Delisting of Yellowstone Grizzly Bear