US won’t restore Yellowstone grizzly bear federal protections

BILLINGS (AP) — U.S. officials say they will not restore federal protections for Yellowstone-area grizzly bears despite a court ruling that called into question the government’s rationale for placing the animals under state management.

Friday’s announcement follows a months-long review of a decision last year to lift the protections for about 700 bears in and around Yellowstone National Park. The review was launched after a federal appeals court said that wildlife officials needed to give more consideration to how a species’ loss of historical habitat affects its recovery. Grizzly bears have recovered from widespread extermination in some areas .