Yellowstone Grizzlies Under Threat
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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