Grizzly bears will remain protected by the Endangered Species Act a federal appeals court ruled. Listed as “threatened” in 1975, conservation efforts have helped the species recover. This sparked the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to remove grizzlies from list in 2017. The federal court ruled that the removal violated the Endangered Species Act. The U.S. still has fewer than 2,000 grizzlies. Conservation groups would like to see that number reach 5,000 to 10,000 before protections are lifted.