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“Here’s the first of a series of photos from the recording sessions last summer at Allaire Studios. This giant room, appropriately called the Great Hall, is where we did a bulk of the work for this one. We also recorded large portions of Veckatimest here. Lots of good memories in this place which we will be sharing over the coming weeks.

That’s our excellent engineer Jake Aron sitting next to Chris T. I’m not sure exactly what we’re working on here but it appears that Chris Bear is laying down some sweet BG vox, either that or he’s just lurking in corner by those congas, threatening to use them. And he did use them. And it was good.

All photos by Amelia Bauer.”

For the first time in more than four decades, the Yellowstone grizzly bear is set to lose its federal protections under the Endangered Species Act. Citing a rebound in the bear’s population, the U.S. Department of Interior announced its intention Thursday to end these protections and return oversight of the animal’s status to the state level.

The agency says the rule to remove the grizzly from the endangered species list will be published “in coming days” and “will take effect 30 days after publication.”

“This achievement stands as one of America’s great conservation successes; the culmination of decades of hard work and dedication on the part of the state, tribal, federal and private partners,” Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke said in a statement. “As a Montanan, I’m proud of what we’ve achieved together.”

Since those federal protections were instituted in 1975, the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem grizzly bear population has climbed from 136 to roughly 700, according to the National Park Service. The NPS says the bears — which generally roam in Wyoming, Montana and Idaho — “have gradually expanded their occupied habitat by more than 50%.”

After 42 Years, Yellowstone Grizzly Will Be Taken Off Endangered Species List

Photo: Karen Bleier/AFP/Getty Images

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