Grizzly bears in the Yellowstone ecosystem are close to losing their endangered species status.
Chris Servheen says that population is healthy, robust and ready for that transition.
Servheen is the Grizzly Bear Recovery Coordinator for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
He and other members of an Interagency Grizzly Bear Management subcommittee met yesterday in Bozeman to discuss the status of Yellowstone grizzly bears.
As reported earlier this week, 20 grizzlies have been killed or removed from the Yellowstone region so far this year. That compares to 29 grizzly bears last year and 56 in 2012.