By Mike Bodenchuk, Editor-at-Large
Another "we told you so." In the April 2016 issue (see Article 3763
) we reported that the US Fish and Wildlife Service proposed delisting grizzly bears from protection under the Endangered Species Act in the Yellowstone ecosystem. In that article, we stated, "While this is good news for hunters, you probably shouldn't start planning your Lower 48 grizzly hunt yet. The delisting proposal is just the first step in what will likely be a long road to state management and the possibility of public hunting opportunities." We also stated, "Following comments, the final rule will be published and, if delisting of wolves is any indication of what to expect, a period of litigation will begin."
We were right on both counts. On June 22, 2017, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke announced the grizzly delisting (effective 30 days after publication in the Federal Register)....