Finalizing a revised plan for managing grizzly bear mortality in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem took a step forward Tuesday when The Wyoming Game and Fish Commission approved it. The memorandum of agreement now must be approved by wildlife officials in Montana and Idaho before the Cowboy State can petition the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to remove grizzlies from the endangered species list. Then, the Fish and Wildlife Service will have 90 days to consider reviewing the bears’ status and 12 months from receipt of the petition to decide whether it will recommend that oversight be returned to the states.
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