Bear Conservation photo

The Safari Club International is appealing a recent federal court ruling from U.S. District Judge Donald Molloy in Missoula that returned grizzly bears in the greater Yellowstone area to the list of threatened species, according to this AP story via KHQ News.

In declaring the region’s roughly 600 grizzlies still at risk, Molloy cited concerns about how the new conservation strategy would be enforced and about how potential climate change might affect one of the bear’s four primary food sources.

SCI’s appeal has two primary goals, says Litigation Council Doug Burdin. “First, we want the bears removed from the threatened list so primary management can return to the states, which we believe do a good job of managing the animal’s impact on game species,” he explains. “Second, with delisting, SCI’s members could again look forward to a hunting season as soon as the states deem it appropriate.”