US Wildlife Officials Agree To Grizzly Bear Review

Dec 9, 2019

U.S. wildlife officials will review whether more protections are needed for grizzly bears in the Lower 48 states after animal advocates sued the government in a bid to restore the animals to more areas. 

Credit NPS/Nathan Kostegian

The review must be completed by March 31, 2021, under a settlement approved Monday by a federal judge.

The Center for Biological Diversity said in a June lawsuit that officials should consider restoring grizzlies to areas of California, Colorado, New Mexico, Arizona, Utah, Nevada and Oregon.

Grizzly bears are protected as a threatened species outside Alaska. An estimated 1,900 bears live in portions of Wyoming, Montana, Idaho and Washington state.