Tribes seek consultation on status of Yellowstone grizzly bear

Grizzly bears in Yellowstone National Park. Photo from National Park Service

Tribal leaders objected to the potential removal of the grizzly bear from the protections of the Endangered Species Act.

Representatives of the Northern Cheyenne Tribe, the Shoshone-Bannock Tribes and tribes in Wyoming spoke up at a federal committee meeting, KULR reported. They demanded to be consulted before any changes are made to the status of the bear.

“All we ask is that we be part of a formal consultation with all of you federal agencies," James Walks Along, the historic preservation officer for the Northern Cheyenne Tribe, told the Interagency Grizzly Bear Committee, the station reported.

Tribes in the region maintain strong connections to the grizzly bear population in Yellowstone National Park. They are worried that a delisting could lead to public hunts.

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