Breaking News: Yellowstone Grizzlies Removed From Endangered Species List

From a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service press release:

_After nearly disappearing three decades ago, grizzly bears are thriving in the Yellowstone ecosystem and no longer need the protection of the Endangered Species Act, Deputy Interior Secretary Lynn Scarlett announced today.

"The grizzly's remarkable comeback is the result of years of intensive cooperative recovery efforts between federal and state agencies, conservation groups, and individuals," Scarlett said. "There is simply no way to overstate what an amazing accomplishment this is. The grizzly is a large predator that requires a great deal of space, and conserving such animals is a challenge in today's world. I believe all Americans should be proud that, as a nation, we had the will and the ability to protect and restore this symbol of the wild. . . .”_

With management shifting primarily to the states, and with the Montana Senate having already passed a measure to allow hunting, this move could eventually lead to a limited sport harvest of grizzly bears.