The petition would delist the species from the list of Endangered Threatened Wildlife and Plants
, which would lift protections on the species and could allow them to be publicly hunted again
Hunting of grizzly bears is illegal in the Lower 48 and is allowed only in Alaska, according to FWS.
“It’s very disappointing to see them moving forward with this,” Andrea Zaccardi, senior attorney for the Center for Biological Diversity, CNN에 말했다. “It seems that Montana is taking a piecemeal approach to how they view grizzly bear recovery.”
Grizzlies were first listed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act in 1975
, making it illegal for anyone to harm
, harass or kill the animals unless in cases of self-defense or defense of others
3 월, the FWS reclassified the species in the NCDE
같이 biologically recovered
, which means they have met recovery criteria but still could use protection
. Their status remains threatened
. The agency recommended no changes to the status of grizzly bears in the Lower
For activists, the concern lies with the government.
“I don’t have any faith that Montana, right now at least, can responsibly manage their wildlife and especially predators such as grizzly bears,” Zaccardi told CNN.
The Northern Continental Divide Ecosystem (NCDE) has seen a significant increase in grizzly bear population over several decades.
According to the five-year status review done by the FWS back in March
, 에 1975 the population of bears in the Lower
48 was between
700 과 800. 지금, in the NCDE alone
, there are nearly
1,100, state officials said
그러나 according to the FWS
, “considerable challenges remain to fully recover the grizzly bear in the Lower
Those include limited habitat connectivity, management of access by motorized vehicles, human-cause mortality and uncertainty surrounding future conservation efforts in some ecosystems.
Montana’s petition will undergo a process with FWS starting with a 90-day review period
, 에 따르면 petition process.
“We are hopeful the US Fish & Wildlife Service will take a close look and deny it,” Zaccardi says.
The FWS told CNN it has not yet received Montana’s petition and declined to comment further.