View Full Document

Grizzly Bear Recovery Policy and Its Consequences



View the full content.
View Full Document
View Full Document

1 views

Unformatted text preview:

GRIZZLY BEAR RECOVERY POLICY AND ITS CONSEQUENCES 29 Grizzly Bear Recovery Policy and Its Consequences G Sidney Silliman California State Polytechnic University Pomona The Interagency Grizzly Bear Committee its member agencies and the Grizzly Bear Recovery Coordinator have implemented a range of programs to recover the grizzly bear population in the lower 48 states since the bear was listed in 1975 as a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act The recovery targets set by the Grizzly Bear Recovery Plan for the Yellowstone population have been met The long term survival of the grizzly bear in the conterminous states however is still threatened because the grizzly is restricted to only five isolated areas of its ancestral range As an alternative to current policy the grizzly bear should be returned to the remaining wild habitat in the Rocky Mountains and the North Cascades Introduction There is a high probability today that most any visitor to Yellowstone National Park with a bit of luck and some patience might observe a grizzly bear Visitors watching over the Antelope Creek drainage early in the morning or before sunset on a spring day are especially likely to find a grizzly bear or even a sow and her cubs searching for food in the meadows On the other hand visitors to the Plateau area of Targhee National Forest immediately west of Yellowstone National Park are much less likely to see a grizzly in fact even a seasoned wildlife manager would be hard pressed to find a grizzly bear in the Plateau region The differing probabilities between the areas reflect more than the element of chance that is part of wildlife observation In 1983 Yellowstone Park officials out of a growing commitment to limiting grizzly bear mortalities established bear management areas where human use would be restricted and bears protected Antelope Creek is one of those management areas Richard Knight head of the Interagency Grizzly Bear Study Team from its creation in the early 1970s



Access the best Study Guides, Lecture Notes and Practice Exams

Loading Unlocking...
Login

Join to view Grizzly Bear Recovery Policy and Its Consequences and access 3M+ class-specific study document.

or
We will never post anything without your permission.
Don't have an account?
Sign Up

Join to view Grizzly Bear Recovery Policy and Its Consequences and access 3M+ class-specific study document.

or

By creating an account you agree to our Privacy Policy and Terms Of Use

Already a member?