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IGBC Recommends Grizzly Delisting

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The Interagency Grizzly Bear Committee Wednesday decided to recommend to the US Fish and Wildflife Service that the Greater Yellowstone grizzly bear population be removed from the endangered species list.  Spokesman Greg Losinski says a presentation was made to the IGBC by Frank van Manen, leader of the Interagency Grizzly Bear Study Team, regarding a grizzly bear food synthesis report that the team had been directed by IGBC a year ago to pursue.  He says the report by the members of the committee received unanimous positive acceptance .  He says they believed that the team had done an excellent job of going through all the information available on the Yellowstone population, which he adds is probably the most studied animal on the planet.  Based on that work, Losinski says the IGBC determined the report addressed the sole remaining question as far as delisting in the Yellowstone Ecosystem.   Losinski stresses that the final decision whether or not to remove the bears from the list will be up to the US Fish and Wildlife Service.  Losinski says now they “will have internal discussions after the holidays and decide whether they do want to propose a rule change.”  If they do, he says it would be posted in the Federal Register in late spring and public comment solicited.  Then, those comments would be incorporated into a final decision which would come late in the year. Losinski says the overall mood of the meeting was one of success as the health of grizzly populations was detailed, and the agencies again resolved to assure the long-term future of grizzlies by working together.

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