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Second lawsuit filed to block delisting of Yellowstone grizzly population

Five months after they filed a lawsuit to block delisting of grizzly bears in the greater Yellowstone ecosystem, a coalition of tribal and conservation groups has filed another lawsuit to block the government's decision to remove Endangered Species Act protections from the bears.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service decided last summer that grizzly bears in a 19,279-square-mile area around Yellowstone National Park should be managed by Wyoming, Idaho and Montana. But the Washington D.C. Court of Appeals threw a wrench in the federal government’s plans when it ruled in August on a related question regarding wolves in the Midwest. As a result, the agency announced the decision to solicit further comment on December 6.


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