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The Governor petitions to take Grizzly Bears off the endangered list in Wyoming

Wyoming will manage Grizzlies in a multi-state agreement and continue to manage their Wolf program.
Gov. Mark Gordon petitions for Grizzly Bear to come off the endangered list in Wyoming.
Gov. Mark Gordon petitions for Grizzly Bear to come off the endangered list in Wyoming.(Valeria Fugate)
Published: Sep. 16, 2021 at 6:12 PM CDT
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CHEYENNE, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) - Today, Wyoming is petitioning to de-enlist the Grizzly Bear off the endangered species roster.

“Wyoming again is leading. We’ve led on the sage grouse, we’ve led on migration corridors, we’re leading on the Grizzly Bear and we’re leading on the Wolf . Wyoming knows how to do it and I think the Federal Government should respect that, ” said Wyoming Governor Mark Gordon.

Wyoming is taking proactive steps to return Grizzly Bear management to the state.

Currently, there are 1,000 Grizzly Bears in Wyoming. Previously there were only 100 bears, which is why they were placed on the endangered list in the 1970′s.

Wyoming has to consult the Federal Government in order to deal with their bear issues to keep people and bears safe.

Wyoming will also be working with Idaho and Montana to adjust their agreements on Grizzly management between the three states.

“The forethought and vision the Governor has here to do the right thing and be pro-active on this issue. It’s important to Wyoming citizens, and it’s important to the grizzly bear species in our state. So I really applaud the Governor for doing the hard work that he has,” said Brian Nesvik, Director of Wyoming Game & Fish Department.

Additionally, Wolf numbers are above the minimum numbers for species management.

The program will also give livestock owners the ability to protect their livestock and interests with the current Wolf program.

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