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Trump Administration to Strip Yellowstone Grizzlies of Endangered Species Protection

Famed Bears Face Trophy Hunting Despite Recent Population Decline

VICTOR, Idaho— The Trump administration today announced plans to strip all Endangered Species Act protections from Yellowstone's grizzly bears, paving the way for trophy hunting in Wyoming, Montana and Idaho.

The most recent scientific data demonstrates a decline in grizzly bears over the past two years, largely from a spike in managed kills due to livestock conflict, as well as car crashes and deliberate poaching. Despite those losses the Trump administration has opened the door to trophy hunting, which could take place as soon as this fall in the three states.

“It’s tragic that the Trump administration is stripping protections from these magnificent animals just to appease a tiny group of trophy hunters who want to stick grizzly bear heads on their walls,” said Andrea Santarsiere, a senior attorney with the Center for Biological Diversity. “This outrageously irresponsible decision ignores the best available science. Grizzly conservation has made significant strides, but the work to restore these beautiful bears has a long way to go.”

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Banner photo Center for Biological Diversity; Yeloowstone grizzly courtesy USFWS