Alert – Oppose Delisting and Hunting Of Greater Yellowstone’s Grizzly Bears
Grizzly bears still need Endangered Species Act protections, stop the delisting! Why This Matters
Grizzly bears are an essential piece of the American West, a wildlife icon that has been integral to the Yellowstone region for centuries. Each year, visitors spend millions of dollars hoping to catch a glimpse of a grizzly bear in the wild. As a top predator, grizzly bears play an important role in keeping the whole natural system healthy, and protecting the large wild areas they need to survive also protects habitat for many other species.
Thanks to 40 years of Endangered Species Act (ESA) protections, grizzly bears in the Yellowstone region have made a comeback – but they are still vulnerable and need protection. The growth rate of the population has been flat since the early 2000s and could be declining, fewer cubs are surviving to adulthood, bears have lost key foods due to climate change, and Yellowstone grizzly bears are still completely isolated from other grizzly bears, which threatens their long-term survival.
Despite all this, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has released a proposal remove federal ESA protections and turn management over to the states, who want to immediately begin sport trophy hunting of grizzly bears and who refuse to let grizzly bears access prime, biologically-suitable habitat on federal public lands.
Sierra Club believes that it’s too soon to remove Endangered Species Act protections from this still-vulnerable population and hand the management keys over to the states.