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U.S. won’t restore grizzly bear protections near Yellowstone National Park

Hunters would be allowed to kill as many as ten male bears and two females in Wyoming and one male and no females in Idaho.

CBS NEWS: ‘U.S. officials will not restore federal protections for Yellowstone-area grizzly bears, despite a court ruling that called into question the government’s rationale for turning grizzly management over to states that are now planning public hunts for the animals… That review was launched when a federal appeals court said in a case involving gray wolves in the Great Lakes that the Interior Department needed to give more consideration to how a species’ loss of historical habitat affects its recovery…

Interior officials said in Friday’s filing that they disagreed with the ruling in the wolf case. They said Yellowstone’s grizzly bear population has recovered and noted that other populations of the animals living outside the three-state Yellowstone region remain protected as a threatened species. Wyoming and Idaho have proposed limited public hunts for grizzlies this fall. Hunters would be allowed to kill as many as ten male bears and two females in Wyoming and one male and no females in Idaho’. SOURCE…

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