Its time for the Endangered Species Act to struck down the name of grizzly bears from its list. The bear made a dramatic comeback in the Yellowstone region. Defenders of Wildlife today hailed the occasion. But, at the same time the Bush administration’s rollbacks in national forest protection pose a threat to sustaining the bear’s recovery. In the Yellowstone ecosystem, numbers of grizzly bears have grown steadily since they were first listed for protection under the Endangered Species Act in 1975. At a low of around 200 animals when listed, the grizzly may now number more than 600 in and around Yellowstone National Park, and the population is increasing between four and seven percent each year. With proper management of habitat and key food sources, scientists estimate a 96 percent likelihood of having a healthy grizzly bear population in the Yellowstone ecosystem for the next 500 years.
Via: PR Newswire