"Threatened Grizzly Bears in Montana to Lose Federal Protection"

"MISSOULA, Montana -- The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is preparing to remove a population of grizzly bears from the Endangered Species Act, under which they are now listed as a threatened species."

"On Thursday, the Service issued for public comment a draft conservation strategy for grizzlies in the Northern Continental Divide Ecosystem. The outcome is expected to be a post-delisting management plan for the bears and their habitat in this ecosystem.

The Northern Continental Divide Ecosystem in northwest Montana is one of the last strongholds of the grizzly bear, Ursus arctos horribilis, in the lower 48 states. Of the six established grizzly bear recovery zones, the NCDE is the third largest in area, potentially harboring the greatest number of grizzly bears, and is the only zone contiguous to a strong Canadian grizzly bear population."

Environment News Service had the story May 3, 2013.

Source: ENS, 05/07/2013