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ESA Marks 40 Years of Success Stories

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Just at the time the Interagency Grizzly Bear Committee has decided to recommend the grizzly bear in the Greater Yellowstone area be removed from protection under the Endangered Species Act, the ESA marks its 40th anniversary this month.  A new report from the Endangered Species Coalition points to ten of the biggest success stories. Among them Derek Goldman of the coalition says two birds seen in Wyoming are on the list: the peregrine falcon and bald eagle. Goldman says that recovery didn’t happen by accident.  Says Goldman:  “We can see bald eagles almost everywhere now, but at one point 30 years ago, DDT and killing of eagles had really dwindled their numbers.”  The report goes on to show that 90-percent of species listed under E-S-A are recovering at the pace expected in their scientific recovery plans. Now, the Yellowstone Ecosystem Subcommittee points out that when grizzly bears in the Yellowstone ecosystem were listed as a Threatened Species under the Endangered Species Act in 1975, as few as 136 remained. Today, estimates place the Yellowstone grizzly population at more than of 650.

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