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Yellowstone Grizzlies Win Legal Protection

There are less than 1,500 grizzly bears in the wild in states south of Canada.

A court in the United States has upheld that grizzly bears are to be protected by law from hunting in the Yellowstone national park, a decision met with joy and relief by conservationists globally.

The US Fish and Wildlife service had hoped to succeed in their lobby for the protections to be revoked so that they could allow sport hunters to permit a license for the Yellowstone area. A total of 8 environmental groups sued the movement stating that the bear population had been effectively managed for years without the need to introduce hunting.

Conservationists have celebrated the comeback of the species within Yellowstone from a mere 140 bears in 1970 to over 700 today.

To learn more about conservation of endangered species, explore our resource pages for Goal 15 – Life on Land!

Posted by Claire Edwards 8 July 2020

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