It's official -- as of Monday, grizzly bears in and around Yellowstone National Park
are no longer protected under federal law.
The Trump administration removed protections for the bears in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem (GYE)
over the objections of tribes with spiritual, legal and historical connections to the revered animal. At least four tribes in the U.S., along with tribal citizens and religious leaders, are now fighting the decision in court.
"The spiritual health of both the tribal and individual plaintiffs depends upon the health and protection of the GYE grizzly bear," a complaint filed in late June stated, Courthouse News
The plaintiffs in the complaint include the Crow Tribe
, the Crow Creek Sioux Tribe
and the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe
The Northern Cheyenne Tribe
is part of a separate legal challenge.
On June 22, Secretary Ryan Zinke
, the leader of the
Department of the Interior
, announced the removal of the bear from the protections of the Endangered
. A notice of the decision was published in the Federal Register
on June 30. It became effective on July 31.
Read More on the Story:
Yellowstone grizzlies removed from threatened species list
States Take Over Control Of Greater Yellowstone Grizzlies
(Montana Public Radio 7/31)
Federal Register Notice:Endangered
and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; Removing the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem
Population of Grizzly Bears From the Federal List of Endangered and Threatened
(June 30, 2017)
Release: Secretary Zinke Announces Recovery and Delisting of Yellowstone Grizzly
Yellowstone Ecosystem Final Rule to Federal Register
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