22 Nov '11, 10pm

We won! The courts just upheld Endangered Species Act protection for Yellowstone grizzlies!

LIVINGSTON, MONTANA (November 22, 2011) – Grizzly bears living in the Yellowstone region won a reprieve today from efforts to remove federal endangered species protections from the population. A 9th Circuit Court of Appeals panel unanimously agreed that one of the grizzly’s key food sources, the whitebark pine, has become so ravaged by climate change that the bears’ future remains undeniably threatened. “Grizzlies are still fighting for their survival in Yellowstone,” said Louisa Willcox, senior wildlife advocate for NRDC. “Grizzly bears have made great progress in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem, but they are still very vulnerable, and we must maintain the protections that have brought the bears back from the brink of extinction. Since one of their key food sources is disappearing in Yellowstone, we must develop a long-term plan to help the bear adapt to the results of ...

Full article: http://www.nrdc.org/media/2011/111122.asp

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