Bears, beware: If you thrive you could have your future health and safety left up to states where killing wildlife is considered a god-given right, even a duty.
Officials working for Montana, Wyoming and Idaho and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service want to remove the majestic grizzly bear from the protection of the Endangered Species Act. Fortunately, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled against the agency's bid to end the decades-long, $20 million effort to save the bears from extinction.
The court's reasonable decision will extend protection for the bears two to three years. But in the meantime, the states and federal wildlife officials are building a case for delisting the animals and turning over their "management" to the three states in the Greater Yellowstone Area. Hunters are not endangered in those three states, and they would like nothing better than to add a magnificent grizzly to their trophy collections.