The North Cascades area contains one of the most imperiled grizzly bear populations in British Columbia with an estimate of fewer than 25 animals remaining in an area of 9807 km2. This
population has been designated as Threatened under the provincial Grizzly Bear Conservation Strategy and is shared with Washington State where it is listed as Threatened under the United
States' federal Endangered Species Act.
The primary factors that are believed to have caused the decline of the North Cascades Grizzly Bear population date back to the mid-19th century when there were high numbers of grizzly bears commercially trapped and destroyed through persecution and fear over potential conflicts. In the approximately 150 years since this population bottleneck, the remnant population has not recovered.
North Cascades Grizzly Bear Recovery Team. 2004. Recovery Plan for Grizzly Bears in the North Cascades in British Columbia (2004). Ministry of Environment. BC Recovery Strategy (Species at Risk)
Topic: Recovery Planning
Keywords: SARA, grizzly bear conservation strategy, washington state, species at risk, bc, species status, species recovery
Scientific Name: Ursus arctos
English Name: Grizzly Bear
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