Grizzlies Come off Endangered Species List Today

Billings, MT – Grizzly bears in the Yellowstone National
Park area will be cut loose from protection under the Endangered Species Act tomorrow. The Bush administration hails the move as a landmark in the drive to protect the bears' vast habitat. But a lawsuit seeking to reverse the administration's ruling already is being drafted. The fight over the grizzlies, and the wild lands they roam, is far from over. The preservation groups behind the pending legal challenge say the administration is delisting the grizzlies as part of an agenda to expand logging, petroleum exploration and grazing on Western lands. They also argue the administration is ignoring new dangers for
the grizzlies. They say global warming is killing vast stands of whitebark pine trees that are the staple of the bears' diet. And, they say mountain vacation homes are pressing even closer to their
habitat.