Wyoming Ecological Services
Mountain-Prairie Region

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Federally Listed, Proposed and Candidate Species


Grizzly Bear
(Ursus arctos horribilis)

Status: Threatened

Grizzly BearPhoto Credit: FWS


Grizzly Bear Section 7 Range

Section 7 Range Symbol

Wyoming Section 7 Range
Grizzly Bear

Potential Distribution in Wyoming

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Section 7 Range

Under Section 7 of the Endangered Species Act of 1973, Federal agencies, or project proponents whose actions have a Federal nexus (e.g., Federal funding, permit, or lease), must consult with the U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service if their actions “may affect” listed species (endangered, threatened, proposed, candidate) or their habitat.  Section 7 species ranges identify those areas on the landscape where agencies or proponents should consider potential effects, both direct and indirect, to the species and their habitat.  These Section 7 species ranges typically encompass larger areas than specific locations where listed species are known to occur.  Project proponents are encouraged to refer to the Service’s Information, Planning, and Conservation System (IPAC) website at http://ecos.fws.gov/ipac/ or to contact the FWS Wyoming Ecological Services Office for additional information http://www.fws.gov/wyominges/ :307-772-2374.  (Section 7 Range boundaries based on the best available data at time of development.  Section 7 Ranges will be updated as new information becomes available.)

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Species Information

An order was issued by the Federal District Court in Missoula on September 21, 2009, in Greater Yellowstone Coalition v. Servheen, 07-CV-134-DWM (D. Mt.), which enjoined and vacated the delisting of the Greater Yellowstone Area (GYA) grizzly population.  In compliance with this order, we are again treating the Yellowstone grizzly population as a threatened population under the ESA.  The U.S. Department of Justice is appealing this decision. 

Pending the resolution of the appeal, we urge you to take all necessary steps to comply with requirements for species listed under the ESA, including consultation under section 7 when actions are planned in the habitat of grizzlies in the GYA, if circumstances warrant.  Illegal killing of grizzly bears in the GYA is again a Federal offense as well as a violation of State laws.  Nuisance bear management should proceed according to the Interagency Grizzly Bear Guidelines.
Last updated: March 21, 2014