Grizzly Bears Retain Threatened Status; MSGA Dissatisfied with Decision, Says Management Authority Should Go to States as Recovery Criterion Have Been Met

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HELENA, Mont. (March 31, 2021) – Today, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced it will be recommending no change to the current listed status of the grizzly bear in the lower 48 states as threatened under the Endangered Species Act (ESA).

Montana Stockgrowers Association (MSGA) has been a strong voice in pursuing the delisting of the grizzly bear and allowing states the ability to manage the species. Grizzly bear populations in the Northern Continental Divide and Greater Yellowstone ecosystems are biologically recovered and have far exceeded the recovery goals set by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service in the Grizzly Bear Recovery Program.

In fact, the 2018 Annual Report on the Grizzly Bear Recovery Program states that all three recovery criterion have been met in both the Northern Continental Divide and Greater Yellowstone ecosystems. Montana has proven more than capable of managing this species and should have management authority.

Montana ranchers are seeing an upward trend of livestock losses due to depredation. As grizzly bears continue to exceed recovery criterion and increase population in the Northern Continental Divide and Greater Yellowstone ecosystems, Montana ranchers are left with limited management options and resources to keep their herds safe from depredation. 

MSGA will continue to be a proponent of delisting the grizzly bear and giving states the ability to manage the species.


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