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Findings for Three Petitions To Delist the Grizzly Bear in the Lower-48 States (Draft)
Feb. 10, 2023
USFWS announced three 90-day findings on petitions to delist the grizzly bear in the lower-48 States (Ursus arctos horribilis) under the ESA. One petition requests delisting the grizzly bear in the lower-48 States, and the other two petitions request delisting populations in two specific ecosystems, the Northern Continental Divide Ecosystem (NCDE) and the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem (GYE). With the publication of this document, they announce that they plan to initiate a status review to determine whether the petitioned actions are warranted. To ensure that the status review is comprehensive, they are requesting new scientific and commercial data and other information regarding the grizzly bear in the NCDE and GYE and factors that may affect its status in those ecosystems, including the adequacy of existing regulatory mechanisms to address threats now and in the foreseeable future. Based on the status review, they will issue a 12-month petition finding, which will address whether the petitioned actions are warranted, in accordance with the Act. The findings announced in this document were made on 6 February 2023. POC is Hilary Cooley, Grizzly Bear Recovery Coordinator, Grizzly Bear Recovery Office, telephone: 406-243-4903, email: hilary_cooley@fws.gov. (Federal Register 6 February 2023 [Proposed Rule] Pages 7658-7660)

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