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Grizzly Bear Recovery

Yellowstone Ecosystem

3 grizzly bears
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Recent News:  

May 21, 2013 - The Service is providing the public an additional 30 days to review and comment on the Draft Revised Supplement to the Grizzly Bear Recovery Plan in the Greater Yellowstone Area. Previously submitted comments do not have to be resubmitted because they have been incorporated into the public record and will be fully considered in our final Supplement.

March 21, 2013 - The Service is requesting public review and input on Proposed Revisions to the Demographic Recovery Criteria for the Grizzly Bear Population in the Greater Yellowstone Area (Federal Register 78 FR 17708). These proposed revisions and supporting documents are listed below:

Public comments may be submitted to the Grizzly Bear Recovery Office at the address below until June 20, 2013:

Attention: GYA demographic criteria
USFWS
University Hall, Room 309
Missoula, Montana 59812

Electronic comments may be sent directly to yellowstonegrizzlyplan@fws.gov


November 15, 2011 – The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals issued an opinion affirming in part and reversing in part the district court’s decision vacating the final rule delisting grizzly bears in the Greater Yellowstone Area.  The Appellate court affirmed the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s determination that existing regulatory mechanisms are adequate to protect grizzlies in the Yellowstone area while ruling that the Service had failed to adequately explain its conclusion that the loss of whitebark pine was not a threat to the population.  In compliance with this order, the Greater Yellowstone Area population of grizzly bears remains federally listed as “threatened” under the Endangered Species Act while we consider more recent scientific data.

September 21, 2009 – The Federal District Court in Missoula issued an order vacating the delisting of the Greater Yellowstone Area grizzly population.  In compliance with this order, the Yellowstone grizzly population was once again a threatened population under the Endangered Species Act (75 FR 14496, March 26, 2010).  The District Court ruled that the Service was arbitrary and capricious in its evaluation of white bark pine and that the regulatory mechanisms identified in the final rule were not adequate because they were not legally enforceable.

March 22, 2007 – The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced that the Greater Yellowstone Area population of grizzly bears was recovered and should be removed from the Federal list of threatened and endangered species.

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Management Documents

Demographic Recovery Criteria Revised Methods to Estimate Population Size and Sustainable Mortality Limits

Federal Register Notices

Habitat-based Recovery Criteria

  • Federal Register Notice of public workshop to obtain input for the development of habitat-based recovery criteria for the grizzly bear (Ursus arctos horribilis).  (62 FR 19777) (4/23/1997)
  • Federal Register Notice of document availability.  Availability of draft habitat-based criteria for the grizzly bear (Ursus arctos horribilis) for review and comment (64 FR 38464) (7/16/1999)
  • Federal Register Notice of document availability.  Availability of Habitat-based and Demographic recovery criteria to be appended to the 1993 Grizzly Bear Recovery Plan (72 FR 11376) (3/13/2007)

Supplemental Information

  • Federal Register Notice of document availability.  Availability of draft supplemental information regarding the Recovery Plan for the grizzly bear (Ursus arctos horribilis) for review and comment (62 FR 47677) (9/10/1997)
  • Federal Register Notice of document availability. Availability for supplemental information regarding the Recovery Plan for the grizzly bear (Ursus arctos horribilis).  (64 FR 38465) (7/16/1999)

Conservation Strategy

  • Federal Register Notice of document availability. Availability of draft Conservation Strategy for the grizzly bear in the Yellowstone ecosystem. (65 FR 11340) (3/2/2000)
  • Federal Register Notice of document availability.  Availability of Final Conservation Strategy for the grizzly bear in the Yellowstone Area. (72 FR 11376) (3/13/2007)

Revised Methods to Estimate Population Size and Sustainable Mortality

  • Federal Register Notice of document availability.  Availability of Draft Document Reassessing Methods to Estimate Population Size and Sustainable Mortality Limits for the Yellowstone Grizzly Bear Population (70 FR 70632)
  • Federal Register Notice of document availability. Availability of Habitat-based and Demographic recovery criteria to be appended to the 1993 Grizzly Bear Recovery Plan.  (72 FR 11376) (03/13/2007)

 Rule Making

  • Federal Register Proposed Action.  Proposed Rule Designating the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem Population of Grizzly Bears as a Distinct Population Segment; Removing the Yellowstone Distinct Population Segment of Grizzly Bears from the Federal List of Endangered and Threatened Wildlife (70 FR 69854) (11/17/2005)
  • Notice of additional public hearing on Proposed Rule (71 FR 4097) (1/25/2006)
  • Notice of extension of comment period on Proposed Rule (71 FR 8251) (2/16/2006)
  • Final Rule Designating the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem Population of Grizzly Bears as a Distinct Population Segment (DPS) and Removing the Yellowstone DPS of Grizzly Bears from the Federal List of Endangered and Threatened Wildlife (72 FR 14866) (03/29/2007)
  • Reinstatement of Protections for the Grizzly Bear in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem in Compliance With Court Order (75 FR 14496) (March 26, 2010)

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Last updated: May 21, 2013