Tell Montana to Protect Yellowstone Grizzly Bears Today!
Posted October 10, 2013 in Saving Wildlife and WIld Places
Montana has released a proposed management plan for Yellowstone grizzlies. Unfortunately, the draft plan doesn’t commit the state to adequately protect grizzly bears like it should. Tell Montana to become a leader in grizzly bear management by strengthening its plan for protecting bears.
Montana’s Fish, Wildlife and Parks (FWP) is waiting to hear from you about their proposed management plan for Yellowstone grizzlies. Public comments will be accepted until 5:00 PM (Mountain) on Friday, October 11th. Please take a couple of minutes to ask FWP to commit to enforcing greater protections for grizzly bears and their habitat. Climate change and a shared landscape between people and bears will require effective coexistence measures to ensure the long-term survival of grizzlies in Yellowstone. Bears may be adaptive, but they need more room to recover.
Let FWP know that grizzlies need more protection, not less. All you have to do is submit a comment here: http://fwp.mt.gov/fishAndWildlife/publicComments/grizEIS.html
Here are some specifics about the draft plan to include in your comments:
1) FWP should expand protections to bears outside the Primary Conservation Area (PCA) in response to the loss of whitebark pine trees in the ecosystem. Yellowstone bears will need more space to find other food, especially in Montana where there are no known moth sites for bears to eat.
2) FWP should propose specific actions that would support bears seeking to establish and maintain a link to other recovering bear populations. These bears need large corridors with low road densities, minimal human presence, and food storage orders.
3) FWP should initiate meetings between grizzly bear management experts and private land owners if grizzly bears show up on or near private property. Managers should work with land owners to remove or minimize any food attractants to prevent conflicts.
4) FWP should promote and expand the use of effective coexistence measures such as electric fencing and other deterrents if bears are sighted near grazing allotments or privately owned grazing areas.
5) FWP should make sure that all people working and living in occupied bear habitat are familiar with human/bear safety measures. This should include the recommendation that outfitters and guides be certified in human/bear safety.
Thank you for helping to protect Yellowstone grizzly bears in Montana!
Detailed information, including the entire proposed plan, can be found here: http://fwp.mt.gov/fishAndWildlife/management/grizzlyBear/grizEis.html
(Photo: Christine Wilcox)