WYOMING – The US Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) announced Thursday that grizzly bears in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem (GYE) have sufficiently recovered and will be returned to state management.
According to a news release from Wyoming Gov. Matt Mead, there are approximately 700 bears in the GYE, which includes Wyoming, Montana and Idaho.
The Wyoming Farm Bureau Federation (WyFB) is pleased to see the FWS take this action.
“The number of grizzly bears have long since reached recovery goals in the area and by taking this action we feel it will provide the management flexibility that can help ranchers in the area better cope with the impacts of these large carnivores,” said Ken Hamilton, WyFB executive vice president. “Wyoming will now be able to provide state management over wildlife that is impacting our state.”
“I’m sure there will be legal challenges which will be unfortunate since the goals and numbers have been reached and surpassed to delist the species,” Hamilton continued. “But we recognize there are some well financed groups who are not necessarily interested in seeing the species delisted but are instead still anxious to preserve the federal agency’s control of state wildlife.”