Billings, Mont. • A panel of wildlife officials says it's time to lift Endangered Species Act protections for grizzly bears in and around Yellowstone National Park.
An Interagency Grizzly Bear Committee spokesman says the panel's members voted unanimously Wednesday in favor of ending the federal protections.
The committee's recommendation will now be considered by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The agency could propose a rule by mid-2014 to end protections.