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Interagency Grizzly Bear Committee Discusses Delisting

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The Interagency Grizzly Bear Committee met in Missoula on Tuesday to discuss their progress on delisting the bear across the country.

The IAGC is made up of local, state, federal, international and tribal agencies working to bring the grizzly bear back.

Officials said the bear was listed as threatened in the lower 48 states about forty years ago.

They said there are about 700 bears in the Yellowstone area, and about 1,000 in the Northern Continental Divide Ecosystem-- areas where they're close to being delisted.

Gregg Losinski, of the Interagency Grizzly Bear Committee, said, "And that's the goal here, is to recover the bear where it's not found, and then to delist and manage it where we've been successful."

Members of the committee said they're still searching for grizzly bears in the Northern Cascades and Bitterroot ecosystems.

To see more information on bear populations, click here.

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