Grizzly bear recovery policy and its consequences

The Interagency Grizzly Bear Committee, its member agencies, and the Grizzly Bear Recovery Coordinator have implemented a range of programs to recover the grizzly bear population in the lower-48 states since the bear was listed in 1975 as a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act. The recovery targets set by the Grizzly Bear Recovery Plan for the Yellow stone population have been met. The long-term survival of the grizzly bear in the conterminous states, however, is still threatened because the grizzly is restricted to only five isolated areas of its ancestral range. As an alternative to current policy, the grizzly bear should be returned to the remaining wild habitat in the Rocky Mountains and the North Cascades.