Conservation groups are fighting to put Yellowstone grizzly bears back on the Endangered Species List. They say the bears are at risk of extinction because of global warming, habitat destruction, conflicts with humans and dwindling food supplies. The bears had almost disappeared in the 1970s when they were protected under the Endangered Species Act. Last year, the federal government declared the bears recovered and removed them from the Endangered Species List.
Louisa Willcox of the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) said the group sued the government because it is still too risky to let grizzly bears go unprotected. “Grizzlies are part of the natural heritage that is shared by all Americans,” said Willcox. “Yellowstone National Park and its wildlife have a special place in our history and in the hearts and minds of millions of people. If the grizzlies die out, it would be like Old Faithful running dry.”