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Wyoming Game and Fish on grizzly bear status

In this 2019 photo provided by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is a grizzly bear (Ursus...
In this 2019 photo provided by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is a grizzly bear (Ursus arctos horribilis) in Grand Teton National Park, Wyo. Grizzly bears are slowly expanding in the northern Rocky Mountains but scientists say they need continued protections and have concluded no other areas of the country would be suitable for the fearsome animals. The Fish and Wildlife Service on Wednesday, March 31, 2021, released its first assessment in almost a decade on the status of grizzly bears in the contiguous U.S. (Joe Lieb/USFWS via AP)(AP)
Published: Apr. 2, 2021 at 5:12 PM CDT
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CHEYENNE, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) - Wyoming Game and Fish released a statement on U.S. Fish and Wildlife’s recommendation for grizzly bears to keep their “threatened” status on the endangered species list.

They said during a five year status review, they saw scientific data that shows recovery within the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. The grizzly bear population grew from 136 to nearly 1,000.

Wyoming Game and Fish echo the concerns that Senator Lummis stated when she introduced a bill last month to de-list grizzly bears. The Grizzly Bear State Management Act of 2021 empowers states to manage their own grizzly populations.

The bill, introduced alongside Senator Barrasso, two Idaho and one Montana senator, would remove grizzly bears from the endangered species list and hand over management to wildlife scientists in the states.

According to Wyoming Game and Fish, Wyoming has contributed over $50 million to meet the high-bar required for de-listing. Most of the contribution comes from hunters and anglers.

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