Monday, June 26, 2017
Yellowstone Grizzly Loses Its Legal Protection
Conservationists are concerned that Yellowstone states are already planning to allow hunting of grizzlies in their jurisdictions base on their expressed objections to the federal Conservation Strategy that governs how the species is to be treated in the future. States want to reduce the minimum allowable number of bears from 647 to between 600 and 747 under the so-called and oft cited "North American model" of wildlife management. Basically that model is pro-exploitation of a species provided it is not exploited into oblivion. Federal biologists have established 500 has the minimum sustainable population of Yellowstone bears. The fact is that the great bear has been extirpated from 98% of its former range in Canada and the United States. So it is still vulnerable to extinction despite the success in protecting a few isolated populations [see map below].