US Fish & Wildlife Files Appeal of Grizzly Listing


The following is an article from the Rexburg Standard Journal:

US Fish & Wildlife files appeal of grizzly listing


MISSOULA, Mont. – Citing science to the contrary of a judge’s ruling, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has appealed a September 2009 U.S. District Court judge’s ruling that put the grizzly bear back on the threatened species list.

Briefs were filed in the appeal process Aug. 9, says USFWS Grizzly Bear Recovery Coordinator Chris Servheen.

The process before the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals is expected to take a year to 18 months.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service had declared the Yellowstone District population of the species recovered in the spring of 2007.

That declaration meant the estimated “600-plus” grizzly bears in the Yellowstone area no longer met the Endangered Species Act definitions of threatened or endangered.

But conservation groups appealed the agency’s delisting of the bear. 

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