Three states are getting ready for the possible return of grizzly bear hunting in the Rocky Mountains for the first time in decades.
FOX's Jeff Monosso reports:
Grizzly bears have been considered a threatened species for over 40 years, but wildlife officials say their population has sufficiently recovered and now the the Obama administration is proposing lifting protections for grizzlies around Yellowstone National Park.
Before the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service makes a final decision next March, it is requiring Wyoming, Montana and Idaho to outline what their grizzly bear hunting seasons would look like.
The three states are now coordinating their plans with Montana set to release an outline for its hunting regulations while environmental groups call for a thorough review of such plans before hunting the grizzly bear is considered.
Jeff Monosso, FOX News.