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Listing Status:  (and others listed below)

Population detail

The FWS is currently monitoring the following populations of the Grizzly bear 

Current Listing Status Summary
Status Date Listed Lead Region Where Listed
07/28/1975 Mountain-Prairie Region (Region 6) U.S.A., conterminous (lower 48) States, except where listed as an experimental population Additional species information
11/17/2000 Mountain-Prairie Region (Region 6) Bitterroot Grizzly Bear Nonessential Experimental Population Area Additional species information
07/28/1975 Mountain-Prairie Region (Region 6) Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem Distinct Population Segment Additional species information
Mountain-Prairie Region (Region 6) North Cascades Ecosystem Recovery Zone Additional species information
07/28/1975 Mountain-Prairie Region (Region 6) Cabinet-Yaak Recovery Zone Population Additional species information
 

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Candidate Assessments

» Uplisting

Date Title
12/02/2016 2016 Uplisting Assessment North Cascades grizzly bear

» Federal Register Documents

Federal Register Documents
Date Citation Page Title
07/19/1993 58 FR 38552 38553 ETWP; Finding on a Petition to Change the Status of Any Grizzly Bear Population in the San Juan Mountain Range of Colorado From Threatened to Endangered
01/12/2016 81 FR 1368 1375 90-Day Findings on 17 Petitions; Petition findings and initiation of status reviews
09/07/2016 81 FR 61658 61661 ETWP; Removing the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem Population of Grizzly Bears From the Federal List of Endangered and Threatened Wildlife: Proposed rule; reopening of comment period; availability of peer review and supplementary documents.
03/15/2000 65 FR 13947 13948 Extension of Public Comment Period for Draft Environmental Impact Statement and Application for an Incidental Take Permit for the Tacoma Water Department, Green River Watershed, Habitat Conservation Plan, King County, Washington
12/05/2014 79 FR 72449 72497 Review of Native Species That Are Candidates for Listing as Endangered or Threatened; Annual Notice of Findings on Resubmitted Petitions; Annual Description of Progress on Listing Actions
06/26/2009 74 FR 30617 30619 Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation; Draft Environmental Impact Statement Availability and Public Meetings
10/17/1989 54 FR 42524 42528 ETWP; Proposed Revision of Special Regulations for the Grizzly Bear; 54 FR 42524 42528
04/30/2018 83 FR 18737 18743 Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; Review of 2017 Final Rule, Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem Grizzly Bears
02/10/2000 65 FR 6590 6590 Availability of the Record of Decision for the Proposed Modification of a Habitat Conservation Plan With Respect to a Permit Allowing Incidental Take of Threatened and Endangered Species for Plum Creek Timber Company Lands in the Interstate-90 Corridor of King and Kittitas Counties, Washington
07/24/1991 56 FR 33892 33894 ETWP; Finding on Petition to Reclassify the Grizzly Bear in the North Cascades Area as Endangered
12/02/2016 81 FR 87246 87272 Review of Native Species That Are Candidates for Listing as Endangered or Threatened; Annual Notification of Findings on Resubmitted Petitions; Annual Description of Progress on Listing Actions
05/11/2005 70 FR 24870 24934 Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; Review of Native Species That Are Candidates or Proposed for Listing as Endangered or Threatened; Annual Notice of Findings on Resubmitted Petitions; Annual Description of Progress on Listing Actions; Proposed Rule
06/04/1998 63 FR 30453 30455 Finding on Petitions To Change the Status of Grizzly Bear Populations in the North Cascades Area of Washington and the Cabinet-Yaak Area of Montana and Idaho From Threatened to Endangered
06/30/2017 82 FR 30502 30633 Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; Removing the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem Population of Grizzly Bears From the Federal List of Endangered and Threatened Wildlife
03/11/1967 32 FR 4001 Endangered Species List - 1967
02/16/2006 71 FR 8251 8252 Designating the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem Population of Grizzly Bears as a Distinct Population Segment; Removing the Yellowstone Distinct Population Segment of Grizzly Bears From the Federal List of Endangered and Threatened Wildlife:Proposed rule; extension of comment period.
11/17/2005 70 FR 69854 69884 Designating the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem Population of Grizzly Bears as a Distinct Population Segment; Removing the Yellowstone Distinct Population Segment of Grizzly Bears From the Federal List of Endangered and Threatened Wildlife; Proposed Rule
10/30/2001 66 FR 54808 54832 ETWP; Review of Plant and Animal Species That Are Candidates or Proposed for Listing as Endangered or Threatened,Annual Notice of Findings on Recycled Petitions, and Annual Description of Progress on Listing Actions; Proposed Rule
11/22/2013 77 FR 70103 70162 Review of Native Species That are Candidates for Listing as Endangered or Threatened; Annual Notice of Findings on Resubmitted Petitions; Annual Description of Progress on Listing Actions
06/22/2001 66 FR 33623 33624 ETWP;Reevaluation of the Record of Decision for the Final Environmental Impact Statement and Selection of Alternative for Grizzly Bear Recovery in the Bitterroot Ecosystem
10/01/2010 75 FR 60735 60736 Proposed Issuance of Incidental Take Permits to the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife for State of Washington Wildlife Areas
01/20/1999 64 FR 3066 3067 Notice of Intent to Prepare an Environmental Impact Statement Regarding Proposed Issuance of an Incidental Take Permit to the City of Tacoma, Washington, for Water Storage and Withdrawal and Forest Management in the Green River Watershed, King County, Washington
05/21/2013 78 FR 29774 29775 Draft Revised Supplement to the Grizzly Bear Recovery Plan; Extension of Public Comment Period
04/18/2007 72 FR 19549 19551 Initiation of 5-Year Reviews of Seven Wildlife Species and Two Plant Species in the Mountain-Prairie Region
05/04/2004 69 FR 24876 24904 Review of Species That Are Candidates or Proposed for Listing as Endangered or Threatened; Annual Notice of Findings on Resubmitted Petitions; Annual Description of Progress on Listing Actions
04/28/2003 68 FR 22412 22414 Notice of Intent to Prepare an Environmental Impact Statement Regarding Proposed Issuance of an Incidental Take Permit to the Montana Department of Natural Resrouces and Conservation on Foreted State Trust Lands in the State of Montana
08/07/1990 55 FR 32103 32104 ETWP; Finding on Petition to Reclassify the Grizzly Bear in the North Cascades Area as Endangered; 55 FR 32103 32104
12/12/2017 82 FR 58444 58445 ETWP; Draft Supplement to the Grizzly Bear Recovery Plan: Habitat-Based Recovery Criteria for the Northern Continental Divide Ecosystem
12/06/2007 72 FR 69034 69106 Review of Native Species That Are Candidates for Listing as Endangered or Threatened; Annual Notice of Findings on Resubmitted Petitions; Annual Description of Progress on Listing Actions; Proposed Rule
01/08/2001 66 FR 1295 1300 Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; Annual Notice of Findings on Recycled Petitions
02/16/2000 65 FR 7856 7856 Extension of Comment Period for the Draft Environmental Impact Statement, and Incidental Take Permit Application and Proposed Habitat Conservation Plan Submitted by Plum Creek Timberlands, L. P. for Lands in Montana, Idaho, and Washington
11/05/1976 41 FR 48757 48759 Proposed Determination of Critical Habitat for Grizzly Bear; 41 FR 48757 48759 (Ursus arctos horribilis)
05/03/2013 78 FR 26064 Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; Draft Conservation Strategy for the Northern Continental Divide Ecosystem Grizzly Bear
03/29/2007 72 FR 14866 14938 Final Rule Designating the Greater Yellowstone Area Population of Grizzly Bears as a Distinct Population Segment; Removing the Yellowstone Distinct Population Segment of Grizzly Bears From the Federal List of Endangered and Threatened Wildlife; 90-Day Finding on a Petition To List as Endangered the Yellowstone Distinct Population Segment of Grizzly Bears
05/02/1986 51 FR 16363 16365 Findings on Petitions & Initiation of Status Reviews; 51 FR 16363-16365
02/19/2015 80 FR 8894 8896 North Cascades Ecosystem Grizzly Bear Restoration Plan/Environmental Impact Statement, Washington AGENCY: Fish and Wildlife Service and National Park Service, Interior. ACTION: Notice of intent.
09/12/2006 71 FR 53756 53835 Review of Native Species That Are Candidates or Proposed for Listing as Endangered or Threatened; Annual Notice of Findings on Resubmitted Petitions; Annual Description of Progress on Listing Actions
01/05/2001 66 FR 1089 1091 Availability of a Final Environmental Impact Statement for the Tacoma Water Department Habitat Conservation Plan, King County, WA
10/13/1970 35 FR 16047 16048 Appendix D - United States List of Endangered Native Fish and Wildlife; 35 FR 16047 16048
04/20/1992 57 FR 14378 14379 ETWP; Grizzly Bear; Proposed Rule to Remove Special Rule Allowing a Limited Special Hunt and Notice of Intent to Revise Special Rule Regulating Taking
10/26/2011 76 FR 66370 66439 Review of Native Species That Are Candidates for Listing as Endangered or Threatened; Annual Notice of Findings on Resubmitted Petitions; Annual Description of Progress on Listing Actions
11/17/1995 60 FR 57722 57724 Availability of a Draft Environmental Impact Statement and Receipt of an Application for the Proposed Issuance of a Permit To Allow Incidental Take of Threatened and Endangered Species on Plum Creek Timber Company, L.P., Lands in the I90 Corridor, King and Kittitas Counties, WA
06/13/2002 67 FR 40657 40679 Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; Review of Species That Are Candidates or Proposed for Listing as Endangered or Threatened; Annual Notice of Findings on Recycled Petitions; Annual Description of Progress on Listing Actions
07/28/1975 40 FR 31734 31736 Amendment Listing the Grizzly Bear of the 48 Conterminous States as a Threatened Species; 40 FR 31734 31736 (Ursus arctos horribilus)
07/17/1986 51 FR 25914 25919 Proposed Revision of Special Regulations for Grizzly Bear; 51 FR 25914- 25919
11/17/2000 65 FR 69624 69643 Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants: Establishment of a Nonessential Experimental Population of Grizzly Bears in the Bitterroot Area of Idaho and Montana
11/22/1976 41 FR 51430 (Correction) Proposed Determination of Critical Habitat for Grizzly Bear; 41 FR 51430 (Ursus arctos horribilis)
03/11/2016 81 FR 13173 13227 Proposed Rule: Removing the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem Population of Grizzly Bears From the Federal List of Endangered and Threatened Wildlife
11/10/2010 75 FR 69222 69294 Review of Native Species That Are Candidates for Listing as Endangered or Threatened; Annual Notice of Findings on Resubmitted Petitions; Annual Description of Progress on Listing Actions; Proposed Rule
05/17/1999 64 FR 26735 26733 12-month Finding on Petitions To Change the Status of Grizzly Bear Populations in the Selkirk Area in Idaho and Washington and the Cabinet-Yaak Area of Montana and Idaho From Threatened to Endangered
02/11/2004 69 FR 6683 6684 Environmental Assessment Regarding Proposed Issuance of an Incidental Take Permit to the Burlington Northern and Santa Fe Railway Company on Lands in the Middle Fork Flathead River Corridor
01/13/2017 82 FR 4416 Draft Environmental Impact Statement/Grizzly Bear Restoration Plan, North Cascades Ecosystem, Washington
03/13/2007 72 FR 11376 Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; Final Conservation Strategy for the Grizzly Bear in the Greater Yellowstone Area
03/26/2010 75 FR 14496 14498 Reinstatement of Protections for the Grizzly Bear in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem in Compliance With Court Order
06/30/2006 71 FR 37525 37526 Designating the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem Population of Grizzly Bears as a Distinct Population Segment; Removing the Yellowstone Distinct Population Segment of Grizzly Bears From the Federal List of Endangered and Threatened Wildlife
06/22/2001 66 FR 33620 33622 ETWP; Establishment of a Nonessential Experimental Population of Grizzly Bears in the Bitterroot Area of Idaho and Montana; Removal of Regulations
04/20/1992 57 FR 14372 14374 Petitions to change the status of Grizzly Bear Population in Selkirk Ecosystem of Idaho and Washington et. al.; 57 FR 14372 14374
11/11/1976 41 FR 49859 (Correction) Proposed Determinatino of Critical Habitat for Grizzly Bear; 41 FR 49859 (Ursus arctos horribilis)
07/02/1997 62 FR 35762 35773 ETWP; Proposed Establishment of a Nonessential Experimental Population of Grizzly Bears in the Bitterroot Area of Idaho and Montana
09/09/1994 59 FR 46611 46612 ETWP; Notice of Finding on a Petition To Change the Status of the Grizzley Bear Population in the Northern Continental Divide Ecosystem From Threatened To Recovered
01/31/2000 65 FR 4602 4603 Availability of a Draft Environmental Impact Statement and Receipt of an Application for Incidental Take Permits for the Tacoma Water Department, Green River Watershed, Habitat Conservation Plan, King County, Washington
07/30/1970 35 FR 12222 12225 Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (Conservation of Endangered Species and Other Fish or Wildlife); 35 FR 12222 12225
12/07/2017 82 FR 57698 57699 ETWP; Possible Effects of Court Decision on Grizzly Bear Recovery in the Conterminous United States
12/24/2015 80 FR 80583 80614 Review of Native Species That Are Candidates for Listing as Endangered or Threatened; Annual Notice of Findings on Resubmitted Petitions; Annual Description of Progress on Listing Actions
03/22/2013 78 FR 17708 17709 Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; Draft Revised Supplement to the Grizzly Bear Recovery Plan
01/02/1975 40 FR 5 7 Grizzly Bear, Proposed "Threatened" Status in the 48 Conterminous United States); 50 CFR Part 17; 40 FR 5 7 (Ursus arctos horribilus)
09/23/1986 51 FR 33753 33760 Revision of Special Regulations for Grizzly Bear; 51 FR 33753-33760
08/18/1993 58 FR 43857 ETWP; Notice of Finding on a Petition to Change the Status of the Grizzly Bear Populations in the Yellowstone Grizzly Bear Ecosystem and the Northern Continental Divied Ecosystem from Threatened to Recovered
08/18/1993 58 FR 43856 ETWP; Notice of Finding on a Petition to Delist the Grizzly Bear in the Northern Continental Divide Ecosystem, the Cabinet-Yaak Ecosystem, the Selkirk Ecosystem, and the North Cascades Ecosystem
08/29/1985 50 FR 35086 35089 Modification of Special Regulations for Grizzly Bear; 50 FR 35086-35089
02/12/1993 58 FR 8250 8251 Finding on Petitions to Change the Status of Grizzly Bear Populations in the Cabinet-Yaak Area of Montana and the Selkirk Mountains of Idaho and Washington From Threatened to Endangered
Special Rule Publications
Date Citation Page Title
09/23/1986 51 FR 33753 33760 Revision of Special Regulations for Grizzly Bear; 51 FR 33753-33760
10/17/1989 54 FR 42524 42528 ETWP; Proposed Revision of Special Regulations for the Grizzly Bear; 54 FR 42524 42528
08/29/1985 50 FR 35086 35089 Modification of Special Regulations for Grizzly Bear; 50 FR 35086-35089
06/22/2001 66 FR 33620 33622 ETWP; Establishment of a Nonessential Experimental Population of Grizzly Bears in the Bitterroot Area of Idaho and Montana; Removal of Regulations
07/17/1986 51 FR 25914 25919 Proposed Revision of Special Regulations for Grizzly Bear; 51 FR 25914- 25919
11/17/2000 65 FR 69624 69643 Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants: Establishment of a Nonessential Experimental Population of Grizzly Bears in the Bitterroot Area of Idaho and Montana
07/02/1997 62 FR 35762 35773 ETWP; Proposed Establishment of a Nonessential Experimental Population of Grizzly Bears in the Bitterroot Area of Idaho and Montana

» Recovery

Current Recovery Plan(s)
Date Title Plan Action Status Plan Status
05/16/2018 Grizzly Bear Recovery Plan Supplement: Habitat-based Recovery Criteria for the Northern Continental Divide Ecosystem View Implementation Progress Final Revision 1
05/03/2013 Draft Northern Continental Divide Ecosystem Grizzly Bear Conservation Strategy Appendices View Implementation Progress Final Revision 1
05/04/2017 Grizzly Bear Recovery Plan Supplement: Revised Demographic Recovery Criteria for the Yellowstone Ecosystem View Implementation Progress Final Revision 1
03/13/2007 Grizzly Bear Recovery Plan Supplement: Habitat-based Recovery Criteria for the Yellowstone Ecosystem View Implementation Progress Final Revision 1
06/23/1997 Grizzly Bear Recovery Plan Supplement: North Cascades Ecosystem Recovery Plan Chapter View Implementation Progress Final Revision 1
09/10/1993 Revised Grizzly Bear Recovery Plan View Implementation Progress Final Revision 1
05/03/2013 Draft Northern Continental Divide Ecosystem Grizzly Bear Conservation Strategy View Implementation Progress Final Revision 1
09/11/1996 Grizzly Bear Recovery Plan Supplement: Bitterroot Ecosystem Recovery Plan Chapter View Implementation Progress Final Revision 1
Other Recovery Documents
Date Citation Page Title Document Type
03/13/2007 72 FR 11376 11377 Supplements to the Grizzly Bear Recovery Plan
  • Post Delisting Monitoring Plan Final, Document Availability
03/11/2016 81 FR 13173 13227 Proposed Rule: Removing the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem Population of Grizzly Bears From the Federal List of Endangered and Threatened Wildlife
  • Delisting Proposed
07/30/1970 35 FR 12222 12225 Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (Conservation of Endangered Species and Other Fish or Wildlife); 35 FR 12222 12225
  • Delisting Final
04/18/2007 72 FR 19549 19551 Initiation of 5-Year Reviews of Seven Wildlife Species and Two Plant Species in the Mountain-Prairie Region
  • Five Year Review Notice, Information Solicitation
03/29/2007 72 FR 14866 14938 Final Rule Designating the Greater Yellowstone Area Population of Grizzly Bears as a Distinct Population Segment; Removing the Yellowstone Distinct Population Segment of Grizzly Bears From the Federal List of Endangered and Threatened Wildlife; 90-Day Finding on a Petition To List as Endangered the Yellowstone Distinct Population Segment of Grizzly Bears
  • Delisting Final
  • Listing Final, Threatened
  • Uplisting 90 day petition finding, Not Substantial
08/18/1993 58 FR 43856 ETWP; Notice of Finding on a Petition to Delist the Grizzly Bear in the Northern Continental Divide Ecosystem, the Cabinet-Yaak Ecosystem, the Selkirk Ecosystem, and the North Cascades Ecosystem
  • Delisting 90 day petition finding, Not Substantial
08/18/1993 58 FR 43857 ETWP; Notice of Finding on a Petition to Change the Status of the Grizzly Bear Populations in the Yellowstone Grizzly Bear Ecosystem and the Northern Continental Divied Ecosystem from Threatened to Recovered
  • Delisting 90 day petition finding, Not Substantial
12/12/2017 82 FR 58444 58445 ETWP; Draft Supplement to the Grizzly Bear Recovery Plan: Habitat-Based Recovery Criteria for the Northern Continental Divide Ecosystem
  • Recovery Plan Draft, Document Availability
06/30/2017 82 FR 30502 30633 Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; Removing the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem Population of Grizzly Bears From the Federal List of Endangered and Threatened Wildlife
  • Delisting Final
  • Post Delisting Monitoring Plan Final, Document Availability
03/13/2007 72 FR 11376 Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; Final Conservation Strategy for the Grizzly Bear in the Greater Yellowstone Area
  • Recovery Plan Final, Document Availability
03/13/2007 72 FR 11376 Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; Final Conservation Strategy for the Grizzly Bear in the Greater Yellowstone Area
  • Post Delisting Monitoring Plan Final, Document Availability
03/22/2013 78 FR 17708 17709 Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; Draft Revised Supplement to the Grizzly Bear Recovery Plan
  • Recovery Plan Draft, Document Availability
05/03/2013 78 FR 26064 Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; Draft Conservation Strategy for the Northern Continental Divide Ecosystem Grizzly Bear
  • Post Delisting Monitoring Plan Final, Document Availability
11/17/2005 70 FR 69854 69884 Designating the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem Population of Grizzly Bears as a Distinct Population Segment; Removing the Yellowstone Distinct Population Segment of Grizzly Bears From the Federal List of Endangered and Threatened Wildlife; Proposed Rule
  • Delisting Proposed
  • Listing Proposed, Threatened
10/13/1970 35 FR 16047 16048 Appendix D - United States List of Endangered Native Fish and Wildlife; 35 FR 16047 16048
  • Delisting Final
01/12/2016 81 FR 1368 1375 90-Day Findings on 17 Petitions; Petition findings and initiation of status reviews
  • Delisting 90 day petition finding, Not Substantial
  • Listing 90 day petition finding, Not Substantial
  • Uplisting 90 day petition finding, Not Substantial
Five Year Review
Date Title
09/06/2011 Grizzly Bear (Ursus arctos horribilis) 5-Year Review

» Critical Habitat

Date Citation Page Title Document Type Status
11/05/1976 41 FR 48757 48759 Proposed Determination of Critical Habitat for Grizzly Bear; 41 FR 48757 48759 (Ursus arctos horribilis) Proposed Rule Unknown

To learn more about critical habitat please see http://ecos.fws.gov/crithab

» Conservation Plans

Habitat Conservation Plans (HCP) (learn more)
HCP Plan Summaries
Cedar River Watershed HCP
City of Tacoma, Tacoma Water HCP
Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation Lands
Plum Creek Timber Central Cascades HCP (aka I-90 HCP)
Plum Creek Timber I-90 Land Exchange
West Fork Timber HCP (formerly Murray Pacific)
Candidate Conservation Agreements (CCA): (learn more)
CCA Plan Summaries
Swan Valley

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