Wildlife biologists celebrated last june when they captured a grizzly bear in washington for the first time in more than 30 years after it was studied, the bear was released back into rural pend. Before europeans arrived, grizzly bears were thriving throughout most of western north america hudson bay company trapping records show almost 4,000 grizzly bear hides shipped from trading posts in or near the north cascades from 1827 and 1859. The grizzly bear was listed as a threatened species in the contiguous united states in 1975 the species was listed as endangered by the state of washington in 1980. The north cascades grizzly bear recovery zone, anchored by north cascades national park, was designated by federal scientists in 1997, when it was determined the region has sufficient quality habitat to support a sizeable grizzly population.
The national park service has received 120,000 comments on its plan to reintroduce grizzly bears to north cascades national park grizzlies were listed as a threatened species in the contiguous u. A majority of washington residents support efforts to recover the grizzly bear population in the north cascades, according to a poll done for defenders of wildlife the conservation group plans to. North cascades grizzly bear, bellingham, wa 24k likes this page is your resource to learn about the plight of the north cascades grizzly bear and. A grizzly, now—that’s another story it’s a scary, in-your-face embodiment of wilderness risk stats-wise, we should be a lot more terrified of, say, lightning than grizzlies, but if the fraught stamp of the bear on the land makes us more aware of our surroundings, maybe we’re less likely to get struck.
A grizzly bear is seen about 20 miles north of the washington state-british columbia border in early 2012 (national park service) reintroducing grizzly bears into the cascades. A grizzly bear in yellowstone national park the national park service is evaluating whether to reintroduce grizzly bears to washington’s north cascades. Grizzly bear reintroduction still a bad idea posted on february 7, 2017 by stevenscountycattlemen scca recently commented on the latest version of the national parks service proposal to reintroduce grizzly bears in the north cascades. Saving grizzly bears in the north cascades is widely supported among washington state voters, according to survey results released monday, june 6 that includes voters, like those in whatcom.
With the reintroduction of gray wolves to yellowstone, many visitors have witnessed a once common struggle between a keystone species, the grizzly bear, and its historic rival, the gray wolf the interactions of grizzly bears with the wolves of yellowstone have been under considerable study. A national parks service report confirms that grizzly bears long inhabited washington state's north cascade mountains the report, published in june, collects historic reports, sightings and archaeological grizzly data throughout the north cascades ecosystem. Reintroduction alternative to delisting reintroduction of the grizzly into other ecosystems is the best option to expand the gene pool of the limited population in the greater yellowstone. Grizzly bear reintroduction area the south end of the release area is on the i-90 a grown male grizzly can range over 1000 miles that means a grizzly could show up at dozens of cascade climbing areas to include the enchantments, washington pass, darrington, new halem, and anything in the cascade alpine. Grizzly bears would be captured and released into the north cascades in order to restore the bears to their historic habitat, based on proposals detailed in an environmental study released last week the grizzly bear restoration proposals are described in a draft environmental impact statement (eis.
Grizzly reintroduction considered for north cascades february 16, 2017 federal wildlife officials have launched a series of public forums to discuss a proposal to reintroduce grizzly bears to the north cascade mountains of washington state and british columbia. The funding for grizzly bear reintroduction in the north cascades has been stripped by the house committee on appropriations the committee adopted rep dan newhouse’s amendment to deny funding for the us department of interior proposal. Five to one in favor comments were not well publicized-this month the national park service and us fish and wildlife service released a detailed report on the recent comments the public made on the proposal to restore grizzly bears to the north cascades in washington state.
Grizzly bears have been listed as threatened under the federal endangered species act since 1975 in washington, they are considered endangered last week, federal officials unveiled their draft. Although there are six populations of grizzly bears in north america, the last known sighting of a grizzly in the north cascades was in 1996 if you have concerns, one way or the other about reintroducing grizzly bears into the north cascades, plan to attend tonight’s meeting in omak. The national park service and the us fish and wildlife service release a draft plan for grizzly restoration in the north cascades ecosystem in washington state the plan has four options that range from taking no action to capturing grizzlies from locations with healthy populations and relocating them to northern washington. Information on north cascades grizzly bears from the interagency grizzly bear committee (igbc) the north cascades: just right for grizzly bears , an interview with bear ecologist bill gaines, phd cascade hiker podcast 052 grizzly reintroduction with chase gunnell of.
North cascades national park—the grizzly bear looms large in the traditions of pacific northwest indians, a creature both revered and almost human it was a fixture of the natural world: a. The return of grizzly bears to the north cascades would be an unmatched conservation triumph this will likely be our only chance to restore this magnificent animal to the wild cascades for future generations, for the bears, and for our natural heritage, the time to act is now.
The national park service and us fish and wildlife service will extend the public comment period regarding the proposed alternatives for the restoration of grizzly bears to the north cascades ecosystem by 45 days, through april 28, 2017. In 1997, the us fish and wildlife service completed a grizzly bear recovery plan for the cascades, hoping to one day restore a viable population of 200 to 400 bears. As superintendent of the north cascades national park service complex, taylor-goodrich has been a project leader for the study of potential reintroduction of grizzly bears into the north cascades ecosystem, which was once home to a sustainable population of native bears.