The US Fish and Wildlife Service has recommended no change to the current listed status of the grizzly bear in the lower-48 states as threatened under the Endangered Species Act following the completion of a five-year status review.
In making the recommendation, Fish and Wildlife said the recommendation follows a thorough review of the best available science, informed by an independently peer-reviewed species status assessment.
The grizzly bear is listed under the Endangered Species Act as a single entity in the lower-48 states. As such, the status review and recommendation is made to the listed species as a whole.
Fish and Wildlife says while grizzly bear populations in the Northern Continental Divide and Greater Yellowstone ecosystems are biologically recovered, the five-year status reviews evaluate the status of a species altogether as it is currently listed to ensure it is receiving the appropriate level of protection.
Work among recovery partners is a significant factor in the species not being listed as endangered. However, considerable challenges remain to fully recover the grizzly bear in all lower-48 states, resulting in the recommendation to continue listing it as threatened.