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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.

North Cascades grizzly bear, by Joe Sebille
North Cascades grizzly bear, by Joe Sebille
  • 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.

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