Montana legislator says it’s time to delist the grizzly

HELENA – A Montana state senator is throwing his support behind an effort to take grizzly bears off the endangered species list.

State Sen. Mike Cuffe (R-Eureka) is proposing a resolution that would urge Montana’s congressional delegation to introduce federal legislation to delist the grizzly.

The senator said he believes the grizzly population has recovered thanks to the time spent on the endangered species list.

Grizzlies have become the center of debate recently as state wildlife officials adopted plans to manage the grizzly population should management be handed over to the states.

Cuffe said delisting the grizzlies would not suddenly remove all protections.