Yellowstone Grizzlies Under Threat

Grizzly bears are facing multiple threats in Yellowstone.

Yellowstone’s Grizzly bears are facing multiple threats, writes Anna Taylor – from proposals to remove their protection under the US Endangered Species Act, and shortages of key foods caused by climate change.

Grizzly bear trophy hunting in Yellowstone National Park may resume in 2014 if the proposal to remove the bears from the protection of the Endangered Species Act is approved later this year.

The Yellowstone Ecosystem Subcommittee of the Inter-agency Grizzly Bear Committee recently recommended to the US Fish and Wildlife Service that the bears be de-listed.

The advice followed the publication of a controversial report by the Inter-Agency Grizzly Bear Study Team on 2nd December: Response of Yellowstone’s Grizzly bears to changes in food resources – a synthesis.

In summary, the Synthesis report argues that the Park’s grizzlies are doing just fine, indeed that they are now limited in numbers only by the Park’s “carrying capacity”.

However other scientists contest the Synthesis Report’s findings and criticise it as incomplete, flawed and “politically motivated”.

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Jennifer Harrington is a Toronto-based illustrator, writer and graphic designer. She illustrated the best-selling children’s book series 'A Moose in a Maple Tree,' which includes the titles 'A Moose in a Maple Tree,' 'The Night Before a Canadian Christmas' and 'Canadian Jingle Bells.' She is also the owner of JSH Graphics, a boutique graphic design agency that specializes in print and web advertising. With her latest project, Eco Books 4 Kids, Jennifer has partnered with illustrator Michael Arnott to create a series of ecologically-themed ebooks for children. Her next book, 'Spirit Bear,' is due for release in the Summer of 2013. Jennifer offers two different school presentations for her 'Moose in a Maple Tree' collection, an illustration demonstration and a Christmas concert series, which can be booked at www.amooseinamapletree.com. She will be taking bookings for school readings of 'Spirit Bear' beginning in October 2013.

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