Yellowstone/Greater Rockies

September 2009

Yellowstone grizzlies back on endangered species list

U.S. District Judge Donald Molloy restores Endangered Species Act (ESA) protections for Yellowstone’s iconic grizzly bears. Judge Molloy, agreeing with NRDC and others, finds that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service violated the ESA when it removed Yellowstone grizzlies from the endangered species list in 2007. The news is a major victory for NRDC, which has grown increasingly concerned about the grizzly’s survival in light of the tragic loss of whitebark pine trees in the Northern Rockies, on which the Yellowstone bears rely heavily for food.