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SCI Applauds Long-Overdue Yellowstone Grizzly Delisting

SCI Applauds Long-Overdue Yellowstone Grizzly Delisting

Safari Club International celebrates with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Montana, Idaho, Wyoming, and hunter-conservationists throughout the country the impending delisting of grizzly bears. The removal of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem (GYE) population of grizzlies (Ursus arctos horribilis) from the federal threatened species list means that management of this recovered population of bears will finally return to the state agencies who have worked diligently with stakeholders to conserve the population. The GYE population consists of portions of northwestern Wyoming, southwestern Montana and eastern Idaho. Biologists estimate that approximately 700 bears now live in that area.

SCI has long been involved in the grizzly bear delisting saga. The Service first listed the grizzly bears in the lower 48 states as threatened back in 1973. In 2007, the Service delisted the GYE population and were soon after sued in federal court.  SCI joined the suit as an intervenor to defend the delisting. After the district court invalidated the delisting, SCI, along with the other defendants, appealed the ruling. The appellate court affirmed only part of the ruling but the grizzly remained on the threatened species list. Although the Service predicted that it would be able to delist the bears again in 2013, the Service did not propose to remove the GYE population of bears from federal ESA protection until March of 2016. SCI filed two sets of comments in support of the proposed delisting.

The Service will publish a final delist rule in the next few days and the delisting will go into effect 30 days after publication in the Federal Register. Despite decades of recovery efforts, extensive scientific research, and demonstrated recovery, the battle over GYE grizzlies is far from over. At least one anti-hunting group has already stated that they will sue to reverse the delisting. If that happens, SCI is very likely to join that litigation and once again defend the delisting and sustainable use management of the bear.

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SCI Positions For Future Growth

SCI first for huntersWASHINGTON, DC – Safari Club International (SCI) is taking steps at this time that will position SCI for growth in the future. As the organization expands its presence into all segments of the hunting community, SCI needs to consider an array of options that will put the organization in the best place with the best programs to assure both a timely and efficient transition to the next level.

Integral in this preparation for expansion is a Strategic Plan the organization adopted more than a year ago. As that plan is implemented, SCI is taking a close look at everything it does, how it does, where it does and who does it.

For example, is SCI headquarters in Tucson, Arizona the right place for that activity, or would somewhere else serve better as the organization grows? Does the organization need to expand its staffing and operations at its Washington, D.C. office where currently both the advocacy operations of SCI are located, as are the conservation staff of sister organization Safari Club International Foundation.

By being consistent with its Strategic Plan, SCI will thoroughly study and assess a wide variety of scenarios, consider all of the consequences and then take the action needed to propel the organization from where SCI is to where SCI needs to be to fulfill its mission: SCI is the leader in protecting the freedom to hunt and promoting wildlife conservation worldwide.
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Safari Club International – First For Hunters is the leader in protecting the freedom to hunt and in promoting wildlife conservation worldwide. SCI’s approximately 200 Chapters represent all 50 of the United States as well as 106 other countries. SCI’s proactive leadership in a host of cooperative wildlife conservation, outdoor education and humanitarian programs, with the SCI Foundation and other conservation groups, research institutions and government agencies, empowers sportsmen to be contributing community members and participants in sound wildlife management and conservation. Visit www.safariclub.org or call (202) 543-8733 for more information.


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