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Report: Interior secretary recommends shrinking Bears Ears, other national monuments

FILE - This May 8, 2017, file photo shows an aerial view of Arch Canyon within Bears Ears National Monument in Utah. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke said he's recommending that none of 27 national monuments carved from wilderness and ocean and under review by the Trump administration be eliminated, including Bears Ears National Monument. (Francisco Kjolseth/The Salt Lake Tribune via AP, File)

In a review submitted to the White House Thursday, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke recommended the president make changes to at least three national monuments, including reducing the size of Bears Ears in Utah, Cascade-Siskiyou in Oregon and Grand Staircase-Escalante in Utah, The Washington Post reported.

Earlier Thursday, Zinke said he was recommending that none of 27 national monuments under review by the Trump administration be eliminated.

He stipulated, however, that there would be changes to a "handful," he said.

Before The Washington Post report, it was unclear what those changes would be.

The Department of the Interior declined to give specifics on ZInke's recommendations, releasing instead a summary designating each of the 27 sites "unique."

But according to "an administration official," the secretary has proposed a "significant" reduction in the size of the Bears Ears monument, The Washington Post reported.

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