Today, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced they will initiate a grizzly bear status review for the Northern Continental Divide Ecosystem (NCDE) and Greater Yellowstone Ecosystems (GYE).
The Service will now begin a comprehensive status review of the grizzly bear in the NCDE and GYE based on the best available scientific and commercial data available to inform a 12-month finding.
“MSGA applauds this step in the right direction. We would like to thank Governor Gianforte for his initiation of the petition for the NCDE and Governor Gordon for his GYE petition, shared Raylee Honeycutt, MSGA Executive Vice President. “Grizzly bears in the GYE are fully recovered and their management should be entrusted to the state. We believe there is significant data to confirm the same in the NCDE. The Endangered Species Act is clearly designed to put an endangered species on the list, set a recovery population goal, and then delist. The states have met all of those factors, and this should be seen as a success story.”