Why Delisting is a Problem

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Primer On Delisting the Yellowstone Grizzly Bear

In this backgrounder, we lay out the foundations of the state and federal push to remove endangered species protections for the Yellowstone grizzly bear. These include political influences by western elected officials in the primary service of agriculture and industry, and the cultural, institutional and financial incentives for the states to kill wild animals, including large carnivores. We also discuss how conflicts over how bears are managed reflect conflicts inside ourselves and society at large.

Problems With Delisting the Yellowstone Grizzly Bear

This punchy fact sheet summarizes the central reasons why conservationists oppose delisting. These include the problems with post delisting management, the vulnerability of grizzly bears to ongoing and increasing threats such a climate change and invasive species, the failure of the government to consult with affected Tribes. If you have no time to read anything else, this will give you the basics.

What's the Agency Spin On Delisting the Yellowstone Grizzly Bear

This piece summarizes the basic arguments that the government has marshalled to support grizzly bear delisting,  and refutes them point by point. One key problem is how the government is spinning the science to promote its agenda. Another is the government’s claims that the states are up to the task of managing grizzlies given their history with other large carnivores such as wolves, as well as financial and political dependence on a minority of hunters, rather than the broader public.


Delisting the Yellowstone Grizzly Bear to Save the Endangered Species Act

This piece summarizes the key narrative of the US Fish and Wildlife Service that drives the debate over the Endangered Species Act: that species, particularly large “inconvenient” carnivores such as grizzlies and wolves, must be delisted so as to protect the ESA. This piece shows how conservative western politicians, such as WY Governor Matt Mead, are driving the agenda to gut the ESA not matter what happens with listing or delisting of species. In essence, the ultra-right is running a campaign to crush the effectiveness of government, and gutting the ESA is one if its major targets.


Piikani Nation Treaty



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.


Find out how much Native Americans care about the grizzly bear, with a Grizzly Treaty that has been signed by more than 270 tribes, as well as numerous traditional societies and leaders. The document has become a symbol of international unity in defense of sovereignty, spiritual and religious protection, and treaty rights. 


For an in depth and comprehensive look at the ecology and demography of grizzly bears in the northern US Rocky Mountains, along with all the research relevant to conservation of these bears, see Mostly Natural History of the Northern Rocky Mountains.


GOAL is a coalition of nearly 50 tribes  (and counting) who object to the federal and state plans to delist grizzly bears prematurely and allow trophy

hunting of this sacred being.

GOAL advocates for the tribes'

legal right to meaningful consultation and also for the reconection of tribal peoples to their traditional homelands

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