U.S. declines to upgrade protections for grizzly bears in Idaho, Montana

A grizzly bear roams through the Hayden Valley in Yellowstone National Park in WyomingBy Laura Zuckerman SALMON, Idaho (Reuters) – Federal wildlife managers on Friday declined to upgrade protections for a population of grizzly bears in the remote reaches of Idaho and northwest Montana that numbers fewer than 50, and which conservationists say are going extinct. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said the outsized, hump-shouldered bears that roam the Cabinet Mountains and Yaak River drainage in the Northern Rockies are likely to reach a recovery goal of 100 without changing their status to endangered from threatened under the federal Endangered Species Act. …

December 6, 2014 6:46 am

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