Grizzly De-listing Moving Forward

Casper, WY – It appears the federal government will be ready to formal remove the grizzly bear from the Endangered Species list in the second half of 2005. Only about five steps in the lengthy process remain. Larry Kruckenberg has been deeply involved in the grizzly bear issue as Assistant to the Wyoming Game and Fish Director. Kruckenberg says it's smooth sailing from here, until the end when everyone involved expects a lawsuit. He says state and federal agencies have worked hard to make sure they do their work by the book. Kruckenberg says if a court decides differently, at least those agencies know they've done all they can to ensure success. He says the remaining steps in the process are all federal responsibilities, involving the U-S Fish and Wildlife Service, National Park Service and Forest Service.