Livestock Producers Applaud Delisting of Yellowstone Grizzly Bear
June 23, 2017
On Thursday, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke announced his department is delisting the Yellowstone Grizzly Bear under the Endangered Species Act. Citing recovery of the species from as few as 136 bears in 1975 to an estimated 700 today, Secretary Zinke noted the bear meets all the qualifications for delisting.
“As a kid who grew up in Montana, I can tell you that this is a long time coming and very good news for many communities and advocates in the Yellowstone region,” said Secretary Zinke. “This achievement stands as one of America’s great conservation successes; the culmination of decades of hard work and dedication on the part of the state, tribal, federal and private partners. As a Montanan, I’m proud of what we’ve achieved together.”
Public Lands Council president Dave Eliason also weighed in supporting the decision on behalf of sheep and cattle ranchers in the west.
“This is good news for the Yellowstone grizzly and good news for the region’s ranchers. Secretary Zinke and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service deserve credit for today’s action, and we urge them to now take similar steps to remove other grizzly populations throughout the West from federal ESA protection – including the distinct population segment in the North Cascades Ecosystem in Washington State.”
Since its inception over 40 years ago, only 56 species have been delisted from the Endangered Species Act, while over 2,100 species have been listed; a recovery rate of 1.3 percent.