Monday, 23 June 2014

Teams trapping grizzlies as feds eye delisting


BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Sixteen grizzlies have been captured so far this year by teams gathering information that will be used this fall to decide whether to propose lifting federal protections of the bears in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem.

The Interagency Grizzly Bear Study Team captured the grizzlies in Montana and Wyoming, while efforts in eastern Idaho have just started. The team usually captures about 60 bears a year.

"We're evaluating whether the bear population is capable of being recovered at this time," said Chris Servheen, grizzly bear recovery coordinator with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. "It will be ready this fall. If the answer is 'yes,' there will be a proposal to delist."

An estimated 740 grizzly bears roam the 19,000-square-mile Yellowstone ecosystem that includes portions of the three states plus Grand Teton National Park and Yellowstone National Park.

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