March 04, 2016

Crapo Encouraged By Delisting of Yellowstone Grizzly Bear from Endangered Species List

Waits to Review Final Rulemaking

Washington, D.C. - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo today commented on the announcement by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) that it is taking the final step to delist the Yellowstone Grizzly bear from the endangered species list.  The FWS delisting will allow the States of Idaho, Wyoming and Montana to manage the bear population in cooperation with local and tribal officials.  FWS will publish the proposed delisting this week in the Federal Register which will begin a 60-day public comment period.  Following the announcement from FWS, Crapo issued this statement:

"While I wait to review the specific components of the proposed delisting rule, I am encouraged by Fish and Wildlife's recognition that the bear population has recovered and that its management can now be returned to state, local and tribal officials.  This has been a long process and I applaud the local, state and tribal partnerships that have come together to patiently and diligently work to make this delisting possible."

More information on the delisting can be found here on FWS' website.