G&F working on grizzly delisting

Game and Fish director Brian Nesvik revealed Thursday the department is keeping channels open with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service trying to draft a fresh rule delisting the Yellowstone grizzly bear from Endangered Species Act protection.

This would be a new administrative attempt to use different criteria to justify a delisting, even as the last relisting-delisting process is bogged down in federal court indefinitely.

The need for Wyoming to manage bears roaming the state as they interact more with humans and livestock, with sometimes fatal results, is evidenced by how they continue to spread to areas where they have not been seen before, Nesvik said.

“A sow and two cubs were in Cowley, far from the Yellowstone area,” he said. “That’s a long way from a tree.”

Last year, 32 bears were euthanized because they presented threats.

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