Yellowstone Grizzly Bears To Lose Protection

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I know what we’ll do, now grizzly bears are only borderline endangered, let’s start shooting them all again!

Yes, this is really happening.

The US has decided to remove grizzly bears from the endangered species list meaning they can be hunted from July onwards.

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Grizzly bears have been protected since 1975, when there were just 136 bears in and around Yellowstone, across all continental US states except Alaska.

The US hasn’t been too well at protecting the environment recently, with Trump pulling them from the Paris Climate Agreement.

The US Fish and Wildlife Service has decided the size of the population, which is now at around 700, has increased enough to no longer need further protection.

Interior Secretary Ryan Zink said: “This achievement stands as one of America’s great conservation successes.”

The move to allow hunts has been met with opposition from wildlife advocates and Native American tribal officials.

125 tribes have signed a treaty opposing hunting the bears, which Native Americans consider a sacred animal.

There used to be about 50,000 grizzly bears ranging over large parts of North America but their population dropped substantially in the 1850s due to widespread hunting and trapping.

Nathaniel comes from a background of cycling and fitness. After eating a regular diet for most of his life, he came across the vegan lifestyle 3 years ago and has never looked back. Nathaniel considers himself an animal lover, environmentalist and keen cyclist while promoting the vegan lifestyle along the way. He's now a registered personal trainer, gym instructor and currently working his way towards a Sport, Fitness and Coaching degree.

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