Much to the delight of the animal lovers, grizzly bears are thriving in and around Yellowstone National Park at such a rate that they don’t require the protection of the Endangered Species Act.
Over the last three decades since the animals were listed as a threatened species, the population at Yellowstone has jumped from 136 to more than 500, the federal government said Thursday.
Deputy Interior Secretary Lynn Scarlett said,
The grizzly is a large predator that requires a great deal of space, and conserving such animals is a challenge in today’s world. I believe all Americans should be proud that, as a nation, we had the will and the ability to protect and restore this symbol of the wild.
Last year, the Interior Department had announced its plan to de-list grizzly bears in the states of Idaho, Montana and Wyoming.
There are, however, a section among the scientists who believe that the bear population is not large enough to be genetically diverse and survive hostilities like global warming and food scarcity.
More than 250 scientists, including primatologist Jane Goodall and bear researchers Chuck Jonkel and John Craighead Sr, have signed a letter protesting the de-listing plan.