Idaho Governor wants grizzlies delisted

Grizzly that killed Livingston

Idaho Governor Brad Little has submitted a petition to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to remove grizzly bears in the “Lower 48” States from the Endangered Species Act and recognize states’ successful efforts to recover and manage grizzly populations.

Governor Brad Little said, “For decades, Idaho, our sister states, tribes, local governments – and especially our rural communities – have invested considerable resources in this effort, and they have shouldered much of the burden of rebuilding grizzly bear populations.”

Little says delisting is an important, and long overdue, recognition of the major roles Idaho and its neighboring states Montana, Wyoming and Washington have played in grizzly bear recovery by growing the population from a few hundred bears in 1975 to currently over 2,000 bears across four states.

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