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A lawsuit filed Monday, May 23, 2016, is challenging the federal government’s support for transferring management of the National Bison Range to the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes.
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A lawsuit filed Monday is challenging the federal government’s support for transferring management of the National Bison Range to the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes.

Montana’s Fish and Wildlife Commission Thursday unanimously approved draft grizzly bear hunting regulations. Dan Vermillion, chair of the Commission, says it’s a very preliminary step.

Grizzly bear at Swan Lake Flats in Yellowstone National Park.
Jim Peaco (PD)

The controversy over the federal government’s proposal to remove grizzly bears from the Endangered Species List in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem is pushing thousands to speak out.

In 2014 the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service issued tags allowing the export of 59,000 bobcat pelts from the United States.
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Conservation groups say the federal government is overlooking the environmental ramifications of trapping furbearing animals for export. They’re suing to implement a review process.

Chris Servheen has been the government’s point man on grizzly bear recovery for 35 years.
Courtesy UM College of Forest & Conservation

The man hired to guide the federal government’s grizzly bear recovery program retires at the end of this month.

Bull trout
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Montana environmental groups are suing the federal government for not protecting the threatened bull trout. Friends of the Wild Swan and Alliance for the Wild Rockies filed the lawsuit Wednesday in Oregon District Court.

David Mattson is just inside the Absaroka-Beartooth wilderness north of YNP, holding a limber pine, one of several pine species threatened by climate change which grizzlies use as a food source.
Eric Whitney

On Monday we aired an interview with Dan Ashe, the director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. That agency has proposed removing Yellowstone area grizzly bears from the endangered species list. Today we’ll hear from David Mattson, a retired bear biologist and prominent critic who thinks that’s a bad idea.

Critics Raise Concerns Over GYE Grizzly Delisting Proposal
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At a two-day meeting in West Yellowstone that wraps up today, representatives of state, federal and tribal agencies raised several concerns about the proposed removal of the Yellowstone area grizzly bear from the endangered species list.

A chart on display at the public meeting on grizzly delisting in Bozeman Tuesday.
Eric Whitney

In Bozeman Tuesday, more than 200 people came to a public hearing and information session on delisting Yellowstone area grizzly bears.

Grizzly bear in Yellowstone National Park.
U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Director Dan Ashe joins us to explain why his agency believes Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem grizzlies are ready to come off the endangered species list.

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