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Grizzly Killing Climbs, Even as Trophy Hunt is Stalled

by Louisa Willcox Numbers of grizzly bear deaths continue to climb this year even as a federal judge has blocked, for another two weeks, a trophy hunt of grizzly bears in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem that was scheduled to follow the US Fish & Wildlife Service’s 2017 decision to remove Endangered Species Act (ESA) protections. As of September 14, a total of 37 grizzlies have died this year in Yellowstone, in addition to yet another 5 bears detected this spring and summer that died during 2017 and 2016. This tally is as shocking as it is unprecedented. More bears will no doubt subsequently be killed in conflicts with elk hunters with the opening of big game seasons. Applying a federal es

"What's Changed?" Judge Christensen Probes Grizzly Bear Delisting

by Louisa Willcox On August 30th of this year an army of lawyers descended upon Missoula, Montana, to argue over whether a 2017 move by the US Fish & Wildlife Service (AKA “The Service”) to remove Endangered Species protections for Yellowstone’s grizzly bears was legal. Judge Dana Christensen, who presided over the contenders, repeated the refrain: “What’s changed?” This was a particularly pregnant question because over ten years ago, in that very courtroom, Christensen’s colleague Judge Donald Molloy had heard arguments regarding a previous effort by The Service to delist Yellowstone’s grizzlies. Talk about déjà vu. In 2009 Judge Molloy agreed with conservation groups that the grizzly was s

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Find out everything you ever wanted to know about the biology and ecology of grizzly bears. Authored by world-renowned bear biologist Dr. David Mattson, this site summarizes and synthesizes in beautiful graphic form the science of grizzly bears.


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