Ursus arctos horribilis once ranged throughout most of western North America, but by the middle of the 20th century the much-feared and much-maligned grizzly bear was nearly gone from the lower 48.
Since listing these bears under the Endangered Species Act in 1975, however, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has set its sights forward and identified the North Cascades as one of six areas critical to grizzly bear recovery.
This remote terrain in Washington and British Columbia could support as many as 700 grizzly bears. But recent surveys estimate just six residents. A single bad year and the bears in this area could cease to exist.
March 16, 2015 Action Alert ID# 195
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