Magazine article American Forests

Proposed Endangered Species Delisting of Yellowstone Grizzly Bears

Magazine article American Forests

Proposed Endangered Species Delisting of Yellowstone Grizzly Bears

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AMERICAN FORESTS emphatically expressed our reservations to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) regarding the delisting of the grizzly bear in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem (GYE). As a primarily forested ecosystem, American Forests has a direct interest in the GYE and the status of its population of grizzly bears. American Forests has planted hundreds of thousands of disease resistant whitebark pines focused primarily in the GYE. We cautioned the USFWS about removing grizzly bears from the list of endangered and threatened wildlife, as this forest type and important source of food is still threatened by mountain pine beetle infestation.

Out of the four common grizzly bear foods in the GYE, only whitebark pine seeds are known to have an influence on grizzly bear mortality risk and reproduction. During years of low pine seed availability, bears foraging at lower elevations may be more likely to encounter humans, which can also contribute to an increased potential for human-caused mortality. …

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