Researchers are trying to recover grizzly bears in the North Cascades. For approximately 20,000 years this species has been roaming around the North Cascades in Washington, searching for plants and berries, fishing for salmon or hunting small animals. About a few centuries ago, settlers had reached this area and started shooting the bears, diminishing their population.
Nowadays, these mountains only hide a few such bears. A lot of data provided by books and documentaries indicated that people should stay away from grizzly bears because they are dangerous animals. In the Washington State, there are about 2.6 million acres of wild territory. Only four Grizzlies are populating this massive area in the past ten years.
Thus, the US Fish and Wildlife Service estimated that this place could be the perfect home for about 280 animals. Due to the fact that grizzlies area a species on the verge of extinction, the US Fish, and Wildlife Service must develop a plan to try and recover the population of such bears in the area. One of the options would be to hope the grizzly population will probably recover on its own, although this is a less likely scenario.
Other suggestions implied the capturing of grizzlies from areas in British Columbia and Montana and then gradually setting them free into the North Cascades. Another option would entail the release of as many grizzly bears as possible until researchers achieve their goal of 200 such bears.
Before choosing one of these options, the US Fish and Wildlife Service is bound to find out the opinions of the residents in the areas nearby. Thus, they have conducted a poll last summer and have revealed that approximately 80% of individuals leaving in Washington stated that they support their effort to bring bears back to their old habitat.
Nevertheless, some residents were skeptical. Barbara McGrew, from Ellensburg, Washington, has claimed that the FWS should better not bring more carnivorous animals in the public territory and forests nearby. She argued that these animals and people are not able to co-exist.
An anonymous resident commented on FWS’ s site that he supports the efforts of conservation regarding the population of grizzly bears and he hopes that people will give up the mentality that they should kill these creatures whenever they meet it because it is dangerous.
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