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.
Monday, November 14, 2005
Feds hand states power to restart hunting of species driven to the brink of extinction
Wednesday, November 7, 2001
A coalition of conservation groups file lawsuit challenging Forest Service and BLM leases of prime wildlife habitat near Yellowstone National Park for oil development.
Monday, May 14, 2001
Seeking to safeguard an area of key wildlife habitat near Yellowstone National Park, Earthjustice served notice of plans to ask a federal judge to review oil and gas leasing decisions by the U.S. Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management.
Wednesday, October 11, 2000
The federal government has withdrawn three oil and gas leases in areas of prime grizzly bear habitat on the Shoshone National Forest in response to a lawsuit filed by conservationists.