Grizzly bear

Wyoming, Idaho and Montana are trying to persuade the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to remove federal protection for grizzly bears.

In mid-March, Chris Servheen sat in a Washington, D.C., hearing room and faced a barrage of questions from Republican lawmakers pushing to remove federal protections for wolves and grizzly bears.

There, Servheen, who spent 35 years as the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s grizzly bear recovery coordinator, said he was concerned about new laws that the Montana and Idaho legislatures had passed allowing culls of the states’ wolf populations — as well as “aggressive, indiscriminate wildlife killing methods” in grizzly habitat.

Chris Servheen

Chris Servheen was the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s grizzly bear recovery coordinator for 35 years.

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Environmental Reporter

Billy Arnold has been covering the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem and the people who manage it since January 2022. He previously spent two years covering Teton County government, and a year editing Scene. Tips welcomed.

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