What's At Stake
Grizzly bears need our help. While the species once roamed from the Pacific to the plains, the grizzlies of the contiguous United States were reduced to less than 2% of their historic range and numbers by the 1930s. In 1975, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service listed bears in the lower-48 under the Endangered Species Act, or “ESA,” in an effort to save them from extinction. The ESA’s protections have been essential in allowing grizzlies to rebound in some areas, but the species’ numbers remain small — and bears are entirely missing, still, from some key ecosystems. Meanwhile, threats to grizzlies and their habitat persist throughout the West. But the Service is now considering the removal of crucial ESA protections from grizzly bears in parts of the Western U.S. Urge the Service to keep grizzlies protected throughout the lower-48 states until their recovery is assured.
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