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Courts Reinstate Protections to Yellowstone Grizzly Bears

Paws Up! To the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals for upholding protections for grizzly bears in the Endangered Species Act.

July 14th, 2020

In 2017, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) delisted the grizzly bear of the Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks region after 45 years on the Endangered Species List. This decision put roughly 700 bears in danger. Trophy hunters wasted no time–not long after FWS announced their decision to remove the bears from the Endangered Species List, Wyoming and Idaho allowed dozens of bears to be hunted and killed.

Several animal welfare organizations, as well as the Northern Cheyenne Tribe, fought against this decision and won when the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals upheld Montana’s District Court opinion that the Yellowstone region’s grizzly bears be protected under the Endangered Species Act.

Take Action: Read on to know more about how you can promote wildlife conservation efforts in your own community:

How can I promote the conservation of wildlife?

  • Reduce, reuse, and recycle to protect wildlife habitat in the U.S. and abroad.
  • Adopt a plant-based diet. Millions of acres of wildlife habitat are degraded in the U.S. and abroad to raise livestock for slaughter and crops to feed livestock prior to slaughter.
  • Do not participate in sport hunting. Take shots only from your camera.
  • Write your legislators to express your support for laws that protect wild animals and habitat.
  • Live harmoniously with wild animals around your own home and when visiting public lands.
  • Learn about invasive species – both plant and animal and do your part to stop their spread. Only plant native and non-invasive plants in your yard and garden.

Find out more on our Wildlife Conservation page.

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One response to “Courts Reinstate Protections to Yellowstone Grizzly Bears”

  1. I can’t tell you how upset I get when I read that hunting, especially trophy hunting is allowed anywhere. Those people should be fined thousands of dollars and then be put in jail or placed out in the wilderness alone without cell phones to see what it’s like to survive like the wild animals.

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