A new report from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) is recommending continuing the protected status of grizzly bears in the lower-48 states. The bear is currently listed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act.

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While bear populations have recovered, following the completion of a five-year status review, the agency recommends keeping the bears on the list to continue a robust level of protection.

According to the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), fewer than 1,800 bears remain in the lower 48 states. They occupy less than 2% of their original range and came back from the brink of extinction.

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Some advocates say the USFWS should have included information on reintroducing bears to former habitat areas where they no longer live. Andrea Zaccardi, a senior attorney at the Center for Biological Diversity said of the grizzly bears status, “We’re going to keep pushing for a more comprehensive federal strategy, so that the grizzly bears can once again roam wild places like the North Cascades and other areas of their historical range.”

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