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Grizzly Bears, Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem, Northern Rockies

Grizzly bear.
Grizzly bears in the lower-48 states were reduced to one percent of their historic range and one to two percent of their historic numbers due to persecution and habitat destruction associated with the march of human development.

The federal government is attempting to remove Endangered Species Act protection from Yellowstone-area grizzly bears. Earthjustice is pursuing several actions to block the delisting, to stop excessive roading and logging, and to increase protection for two isolated grizzly populations.

In November 2011, a federal appeals court upheld a lower-court ruling that reinstated Endangered Species Act protections for Yellowstone’s iconic grizzly bear population. The court agreed with Greater Yellowstone Coalition, represented by Earthjustice, that the government’s irrational response to the loss of a key food source due to climate change requires continued federal ESA protections for Yellowstone’s grizzlies.

Press Releases

Thursday, December 1, 2011
Wilderness Study Area must be protected from off-road vehicles
Wednesday, November 23, 2011
Federal appeals court rules
Tuesday, September 22, 2009
Climate change reducing key food source
Monday, June 4, 2007
Lack of habitat protection and warming temperatures threaten bears
Thursday, April 5, 2007
Groups work to reinstate Endangered Species Act protections
Wednesday, March 21, 2007
Delisting does not consider global warming, other problems
Thursday, July 6, 2006
Forest Service habitat protections deemed inadequate
Monday, March 20, 2006
Over 250 sign letter calling for continued protection of Yellowstone grizzly bears
Thursday, January 5, 2006
Feds refuse to release population data