BREAKING NEWS! If you haven’t yet submitted your comments, there is still time! Public comment period open through April 28, 2017
North Cascades Ecosystem Grizzly Bear Restoration Plan/Environmental Impact Statement Comment Period Extended on Proposed Alternatives for North Cascades Grizzly Restoration. Public comment period open through April 28, 2017
A Draft Environmental Impact Statement prepared jointly by the National Park Service and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service examined four alternatives:
A. No Action (BUT scientists already agree this alternative will fail to achieve grizzly bear recovery),
B. Capture/Release 10 total bears, (80% young female) in years 1 and 2 and monitor.
C. Capture/Release 5-7 bears a year (80% young female) for 5-10 years and monitor until the base population of 25 is reached.
D. Capture/Release 5-7 bears per year for as long as it takes for the population to reach 200 bears. This alternative gives more flexibility as to sex ratio of the released bears allowing possible recovery of a population of 200 bears to be reached within 25 years.
As top carnivores, grizzly bears provide an exceedingly beneficial cascading effect on ecosystems by keeping prey species at healthy numbers, by tilling up mountain meadows allowing more plants to reproduce and thrive and by providing opportunities for other species such as coyote, raven and eagle to also feed on carcasses after the bears have had their immediate fill.
The National Park Service and US Fish and Wildlife Service want to hear from you. Please let them know your thoughts regarding recovering grizzly bears in the North Cascades. Submit your comments by the deadline of April 28th, 2017