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The US Fish and Wildlife Service is requesting public review and input on Proposed Revisions to the Demographic Recovery Criteria for the Grizzly Bear Population in the Greater Yellowstone Area. According to Grizzly Bear Recovery Coordinator Chris Servheen, the agency is proposing to update portions of Demographic Recovery Criteria for the Yellowstone grizzly bear population based on new scientific analyses and information.  Servheen says the Fish and Wildlife Service had a workshop where a number of scientists were brought together to look at all the new information about grizzly bear recovery that is available.  Servheen says “As part of that workshop, we came up with some new methodologies to measure the status of the population; and what we want to do is use that science so that we can use the best available information to keep track of the status of the population, and that’s what this is all about”  Among the changes is the elimination of dependence on a specific method to document the population size of the bear.  Also, specifications for sustainable mortality rates would become more flexible to reflect new data on the bears as warranted.  A third change would involve designating a specific monitoring area within which all demographic criteria can be assessed. After receiving and considering public comments and peer review, Serveen says the final criteria would replace the current Demographic Criteria and would be appended to the Yellowstone chapter of the Grizzly Bear Recovery Plan and the Final Conservation Strategy for the Grizzly Bear in the Greater Yellowstone Area.  Information about the changes can be found online at http://tinyurl.com/cmmnzw6

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