(IDAHO FALLS, ID) – Grizzly bears could be removed from the federal endangered species list in the near future. National wildlife experts recently finished a conference in Missoula, Montana discussing delisting plans, which they believe could be enacted within a year. For years, biologists have been concerned about the impact of global warming on white bark pine–a staple for grizzly bears. However, new research suggests that the bears have adapted and found other food sources, keeping their overall numbers at healthy levels. Officials say legal hurdles could delay any delisting efforts for several years.
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