Plan Released to Restore Grizzly Bears in North Cascades
National Park Service Proposes to Bring More Bears to Washington State
SEDRO-WOOLLEY, Wash.— The National Park Service and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today announced they’re considering increasing the population of grizzly bears in the North Cascades by moving bears from other populations. Grizzly bear numbers in the North Cascades are dismal, with the Service estimating last year that fewer than 10 grizzly bears occupied the area.
In the draft environmental impact statement (DEIS) released today, the agencies considered several options for increasing the population, including bringing more bears from either northwestern Montana or south-central British Columbia with a goal of increasing the population to 200 bears.
“We’re happy to see the agencies taking a step in the right direction to restore grizzly bears to the North Cascades,” said Andrea Santarsiere, a senior attorney with the Center for Biological Diversity. “Without a helping hand, grizzly bears are likely to disappear from the Pacific Northwest.”
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