Grizzly bear delisting makes way through fed bureaucracy

JACKSON, Wyo. — The timeline on the proposed delisting of the grizzly bear in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem remains unclear for now.

Jodi Bush, supervisor of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Montana Ecological Field Office, tells the Jackson Hole News & Guide that the timeline for publishing the final rule for delisting the grizzly is unclear, in part because of the transition of presidential administrations and reviews at the Fish and Wildlife Service.

Fish and Wildlife first issued a proposal to delist Yellowstone-area grizzlies in spring 2016.

Grizzlies in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem have been managed under the protective rules of the Endangered Species Act since 1975, with the exception of a two-year hiatus in the late 2000s.

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