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  • MATTHEW BROWN Associated Press

Wildlife officials say Canada lynx no longer need special protections in the United States following measures to preserve populations of the snow-loving big cats. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service says it will begin drafting a rule to revoke the lynx's threatened species status, which has been in place since 2000. Some scientists and wildlife advocates have warned that climate change could reduce lynx habitat and the availability of its primary food source _ snowshoe hares.

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In this Sept. 25, 2013 file photo, a grizzly bear cub forages for food a few miles from the north entrance to Yellowstone National Park in Gar…

  • By MATTHEW BROWN Associated Press

Grizzly bear researchers say the number of bruins in and around Yellowstone National Park is holding steady as state wildlife officials prepare for the first public hunts for the animals in decades. Biologist Frank van Manen with the Interagency Grizzly Bear Study Team said there are an estimated 718 bears in the region that includes portions of Wyoming, Montana and Idaho. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service removed Yellowstone grizzlies from the threatened species list in July.