Grizzly bears may soon be hunted as US moves toward lifting protections in Yellowstone and Glacier parks

US wildlife officials have taken the first step to lift federal protections for grizzly bears in the northern Rocky Mountains, which would open the door to future hunting in several states

Matthew Brown
Friday 03 February 2023 16:02 GMT
Hunting Grizzlies
Hunting Grizzlies

The Biden administration took a first step Friday toward ending federal protections for grizzly bears in the northern Rocky Mountains, which would open the door to future hunting in several states.

The US Fish and Wildlife Service said the governors of Montana, Idaho and Wyoming provided “substantial” information that grizzlies have recovered from the threat of extinction in the regions surrounding Yellowstone and Glacier national parks.

Friday's decision kicks off a yearlong study before a final decision. Grizzlies were exterminated in most of the US early last century by overhunting and trapping.

The last hunts in the region occurred decades ago. There are now more than 2,000 bears in the Lower 48 states and much larger populations in Alaska, where hunting is allowed.

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