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Thursday, September 8, 2016

Call to Action: Comment Now to Delist Yellowstone Grizzly Bears

RMEF Members,


The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) recently reopened its comment process regarding the delisting of grizzly bears in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem (GYE). 

The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation agrees with wildlife managers that the population is recovered and needs to be placed in the hands of state agencies which already manage all wildlife including black bears, elk, mountain lions and deer. 

Grizzlies were delisted in 2007 but a lawsuit by environmentalists and animal rights groups influenced a federal judge to overturn that ruling. Many who oppose delisting grizzly bears are now more opposed to state-based management authority than to the actual delisting itself. In fact, there is a calculated, coordinated movement by those groups to do away with states managing wildlife. For you and me, the stakes are much higher than just delisting grizzly bears.

Please take the time to weigh in on this important issue. Go here and then click on the “Comment Now!” button to do so. This 30-day comment period closes on October 7, 2016.

The GYE grizzly population is estimated to be 700 or greater and occupies more than 22,500 square miles. Individual bears are being documented in places not seen in more than 100 years. 

Hunters and anglers who purchase licenses have played a key role in providing funding to grizzly bear recovery efforts in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. This is a testament to how sportsmen and women pursuing their passions help fund other important wildlife programs. 

Thank you for commenting on this timely, vital wildlife management issue. 


David Allen
RMEF President & CEO


  1. FWP and all involved state wildlife management agencies are more than sufficiently qualified to manage Montana's wildlife. The opinion of these so-called environmentalists should be irrelevant in the management of wildlife. If they had even the slightest clue as to the impact of overpopulation of any species they would be commending our wildlife management impact on wildlife as a whole. I would respectfully suggest they get out of the way and let the professionals perform they're proven management duties.

  2. Please de-list the Yellowstone grizzly bear for wildlife management! The unhealthy balance has very clearly swung towards the grizzly putting other species, cattle and humans in danger. So called environmentalists are endangering more than they have any knowledge of by fighting to keep an overpopulated species kept on the protected list. We need to let the real experts, wildlife biologists and fish & game personnel, make the analysis and decision to healthily manage this severely predatory species.

  3. Please de-list the Yellowstone Grizzly bear for wildlife management ASAP! There is no doubt that the species has reached the limits initially intended. Not managing these animals has been detrimentral to humans, cattle, and other game animals! There is no way that some federal environmentalist judge, or some pencil pusher in Washington (or any other city for that matter) can really know what is going on here in the West! Advice needs to be gathered from those who spend the time out with these animals AND SOMETHING NEEDS TO BE DONE. . .NOW! Thanks

  4. I am writing to ask that the Yellowstone Grizzly be de-listed. The mis-management or lack of management has been detrimental to humans, cattle, and many other game animals! There is no way that some federal environmentalist judge, or some federal pencil pusher in Washington (or any other city for that matter) has a clue what the truth is in the wild. Advice needs to be gathered from those who live and breath the outdoor/farm life! Something needs to be done ASAP!

  5. I am commenting in favor of delisting the Yellowstone grizzly bear.

  6. Please delist the grizzly bear in the Yellowstone ecosystem. It is past time, the population is getting out of control. This is detrimental to all species in the area.

  7. Please delist the grizzly bear in the Yellowstone ecosystem.

  8. I agree that Yellowstone grizzlies should be delisted and managed as other animals have by the people whose job is to have healthy populations. Environmentalist can and will mess up all outdoor species because they do not have a sense of what it takes to manage this species.

  9. Please take into consideration that the Grizzly bears at Yellowstone be delisted and allowed to manage by the state that knows how to control the population. Wildlife is wild and does not need the input from groups that want to save all the animals, and they do not understand the impact that is has on overpopulation.

  10. Please consider delisting the Grizzly Bear in the Yellowstone area. Wildlife is wild and should not be managed by groups that want to save all animals. It needs to be managed by the states that know what is best for the area. Overpopulation leads to more Bear attacks and they end up getting killed for no reason.

  11. Please delist the grizzly bear in the Yellowstone ecosystem.