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Yellowstone National Park's iconic grizzly bears are one step closer to losing protection under the Endangered Species Act (ESA), despite differing opinions about how well their population is actually doing. In 2007, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) took grizzlies off the list, but they were put back in 2009 following a lawsuit filed by the Greater Yellowstone Coalition that argued the FWS hadn't considered the loss of their main food source - whitebark pine trees. Keeping grizzlies protected gained widespread public support and the ruling to keep them listed was upheld by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in 2011. While grizzlies have a varied diet, whitebark pine trees provide...

Yellowstone's most famous grey wolf, beloved by tourists and researchers alike, was shot and killed by a hunter last Thursday just outside of the park's boundary in Montana. The murder is considered legal, since it occurred outside Yellowstone National Park. The female wolf was a popular attraction for many visitors and was heavily studied by researchers who follow the migratory patterns of these animals in the area. From The New York Times: The wolf, known as 832F to researchers, was the alpha female of the park's highly visible Lamar Canyon pack and had become so well known that some wildlife watchers referred to her as a "rock star." The animal had been a tourist favorite for m...