Should Grizzlies Stay On The Threatened Species List?
The grizzly population seems stable, but some fear that removing the bears from the threatened species list will open the door to excessive hunting.By Kaileen Gaul | November 2, 2015
Yellowstone National Park's grizzly population jumped this year, and some think it's time to take the bears off the threatened species list — again. (Video via Animal Planet / "Viking Wilderness")
Grizzlies were granted protection under the Endangered Species Act in 1975 as a "threatened" species in the lower 48 states. But 40 years later, it seems they may not need that level of protection anymore.
Molecular Ecology published a study last week that found the population has been growing since the '80s, suggesting the bears are in a pretty stable position.