Grizzly bears: Still facing habitat threats
With a recent sighting of the first grizzly in the Cascades in over a decade, hope for their return is renewed, but still faces an uphill battle.
- Mar 2013 - USFWS renews its commitment to recovering grizzly bears, funding sought
- July 2011 - Grizzly bear experts affirm that bear sighting in Cascades is indeed a grizzly
- Oct 2010 - First grizzly bear sighting in the Cascades since 1996. Washington resident Joe Sebille recounts his sighting.
- 2009 - Protection for Yellowstone grizzlies is reinstated
- 2007 - Yellowstone grizzlies delisted and lose protection under Endangered Species Act
- 2003 - Augmentation of US North Cascades grizzly bears is put on hold, after the WA state senate passes a petition urging British Columbia to drop its reintroduction program at the U.S. border in the North Cascades.
- 1982 - Grizzly bear recover plan for North Cascades ecosystem is approved
- 1975 - Grizzly bears protected under the Endangered Species Act
- 1970 - Last grizzly bear shot in Washington in the North Cascades
- 1968 - Three bears known to frequent the Cascades in the area of the soon-to be designated national park.
- 1800 to 1975 - Due to commercial trapping, persecution, habitat loss, and poorly regulated hunting, grizzly bear populations in the lower 48 fall from 50,000 to under 1,000.