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US President Donald Trump makes remarks as Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke and Vice President Mike Pence listen at the Department of the Interior, on April 26, 2017 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Mike Theiler-Pool/Getty Images)

Back in 2017, the United States Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS)—under guidance from Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke—decided to lift the 26 year ban on hunting grizzly bears in the continental USA. Despite placement on the Endangered Species Act listing in 1975, hunting remained active in Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming, Idaho and Montana.

At the time they became officially endangered in the lower 48 states, 136 to 312 bears remained in the Yellowstone area.

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