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Wildlife Officials Vote in Favor of Grizzly Delisting

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Wildlife officials said it's time to lift Endangered Species protections for grizzly bears in and around Yellowstone National Park.
Members of the Interagency Grizzly Bear Committee voted unanimously Wednesday in favor of ending the federal protections.

Scientists said there are more 700 grizzlies in the Yellowstone region of Montana, Idaho and Wyoming following a decades-long recovery.

Revoking the animal's threatened species status would open the door to limited hunting, but other conservation measures would stay in place.

"So, the next step is to have the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service decide what they're going to do, they would be the ones that would make a decision on whether or not to pursue delisting the grizzly in the Yellowstone ecosystem," said Gregg Losinski, of the Interagency Grizzly Bear Committee.

The agency could propose a rule by mid-2014 to end protections.

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