A grizzly bear and her two cubs approach the carcass of a bison in Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming, United States, July 6, 2015. REUTERS/Jim Urquhart/File Photo
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Wildlife advocates hope to convince a judge Thursday that grizzly bears living in the Yellowstone National Park area face too many threats to their survival to add trophy hunting to the mix.The advocacy groups claim the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's decision last year that Yellowstone grizzlies are no longer a threatened species was based on faulty science. They also say they don't trust the three states that have taken over bear management, Wyoming, Montana and Idaho, will ensure the bears' survival.The population of grizzlies living in Yellowstone was classified as a threatened species in 1975, when its number had fallen to 136 .Idaho's hunting quota is one bear. Wyoming's hunt is in two phases: Sept. 1 opens the season in an outlying area with a quota of 12 bears, and Sept. 15 starts the season in prime grizzly habitat near Yellowstone and Grand Teton national parks.
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