The US Fish & Wildlife Service has reopened the public comment period on their grizzly bear delisting plan.
The US Fish & Wildlife Service (USFWS) just released some new information regarding the findings of a scientific peer review on their grizzly bear delisting plan. For this reason, they reopened the public comment period one the measure until October 7, 2016.
Many prominent conservation organizations, including the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, the Boone & Crockett Club, and Safari Club International support the USFWS grizzly bear delisting plan because the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem population of grizzly bears have met the previously established recovery criteria and because the plan is based on the best scientific information currently available.
Looking through the comments that others have already left regarding the proposed grizzly bear delisting plan (particularly by those opposed), it’s clear that there is a lot of confusion about what exactly is involved in delisting the grizzly bear, especially with regards to hunting.
Though the plan would allow hunting of grizzly bears in very limited numbers and under very specific circumstances, the delisting of grizzly bears would NOT result in the wholesale slaughter of bears or even allow hunting on a large scale.
This is because the plan does not permit hunting of grizzly bears if the overall population drops below 600 or if the human caused mortality of the grizzly bear population (including poaching, problem bear removal, bears hit by cars, etc.) exceeds a certain number in the preceding year.
To read the details of the plan, including the results of the scientific peer review, and the mortality thresholds, visit the USFWS grizzly bear web page.
To leave a comment electronically and let the USFWS know what you think about their proposed grizzly bear delisting plan, visit Regulations.gov web page for the measure here. If that doesn’t work, visit Regulations.gov and type “FWS–R6–ES–2016–0042” in the search box then click on the “Comment Now” button on the right side of the page.
Though the USFWS does not consider comments as “votes” for or against any proposed measure, they do read all comments and taken them into consideration when making a final ruling. Anti-hunting groups are currently flooding the site with comments opposing the grizzly bear delisting plan.
Make sure your voice is heard by heading over to the USFWS web site and leaving a comment!
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