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Greater Yellowstone grizzly population can't be delisted under ESA: Federal appeals court

Politics and a lack of sound science played roles in the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's attempt to remove Endangered Species Act protections from Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem grizzlies, a unanimous 9th U.S. Circuit Court ruled Wednesday in upholding a lower court's decision that blocked the delisting.

The ruling threw cold water on an Interior Department claim made Tuesday that the recovery of grizzly bears in the lower 48 states "is an amazing success story due to collaborative conservation efforts led by federal, Tribal, state and other partners."

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