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The Yellowstone grizzly bear has been on the endangered species list [1] for the last 42 years... until now.

According to the National Park Service (NPS), the grizzly bear populations in Yellowstone park have grown from 136 bears in 1975 to about 700 today [2].

Because of this, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Ryan Zinke, the Secretary of the Interior, have decided [3] that it is time for the Yellowstone grizzly bear to be removed from the endangered species list and have it no longer be protected.

But the Yellowstone grizzly population is still nowhere near stable. The growth rate for these bears has been completely flat since the early 2000's, meaning there has been no real population change. There are fewer cubs that are surviving and the amount of older bears is increasing [4].

The Fish and Wildlife Service is also completely dismissing the effects of climate change. According to retired wildlife biologist David Mattson, who has seen the federal data, the ecosystem that helps these bears survive is "unraveling [5]."

With the decline of key foods like trout, elk, and whitebark pine seeds (a key part of Yellowstone grizzly diets) [5], the bear populations will likely not be able to sustain themselves. It will become even worse without ensured protection.

When the endangered species protection is stripped from the Yellowstone grizzly bear, it will only put their population back to where it was when they were initially listed in the first place.

Tell the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service that Yellowstone's grizzly bears need to remain protected, because if they aren't, we might have to say goodbye to them for good.

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To the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service,

Removing the Yellowstone grizzly bear from the endangered species list and ceasing its protection is still not appropriate and will drastically impact their population yet again.

Even though there has been an increase in their population in the last number of decades, it has been at a flat rate and not increasing by any substantial number.

When they are removed from the listing, their critical protections will be removed and allow for states to choose on their own how to deal with them if they come into contact with human populations.

Not only will they be hunted and killed, their food sources have continued to drop. With the ever changing climate, their food has become scarce and soon they will not be able to sustain themselves without protection.

Unless these bears remain on the endangered species list where they belong, their seemingly healthy population will go on a downward spiral yet again, sending them right back to where they started on the verge of extinction.

You cannot remove these animals from their protections that are provided by the endangered species list, or else they will not only suffer, but decline.

Sincerely,

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