[photo] and brings the big bear into more contact with humans and their livestock. Last year 59 bears died due to conflicts with agriculture and hunters; but the number of grizzlies, estimated at 714 down from a peak of 757 in 2014, are still above the assigned recovery number of 500. Bears are very slow breeders, so it will take time to determine if the latest drop in their numbers is the start of a long-term trend. Hence conservationists say de-listing now is premature.
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