9th Circ. Keeps Yellowstone Bears On Endangered List

Law360, New York (November 22, 2011, 4:29 PM EST) -- The Ninth Circuit on Tuesday upheld a lower court's decision to restore the Yellowstone grizzly bear to the endangered species list, concluding that federal wildlife regulators hadn't sufficiently considered the potential loss of the bears' habitat before delisting the species in 2007.

In a 2-1 decision, a three-judge panel upheld U.S. District Judge Donald W. Molloy's finding that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service failed to appreciate the bears' precarious position, especially their dependency on whitebark pine, a tree under increasing threat from global warming, beetle...
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