A grizzly bear has become the first commercial species to become the target of an all-out hunt by a coalition of conservation groups, which says the mammal is in grave danger of extinction.
The group of nine groups says it has secured permits to sell grizzly fish to ranchers in Idaho and Montana, and plans to buy them from Alaska’s national wildlife refuge.
The move, the first since the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service issued a public alert in June, comes amid growing concern about the grizzly population.
“The public has no idea how bad the situation is and it is only going to get worse,” said John Copley, the group’s president.
The groups hopes the sale of grizzly catch can help save some of the wildlife that was wiped out by the mass extinction of the Pleistocene giant land mammal, which was thought to have wiped out about 30% of all mammals.
The latest batch of permits has come in the form of two permits from the Department of Fish and Game.
One permit is for the sale and distribution of “hundreds of thousands” of grizzlies in Montana and Idaho.
The other, for the distribution of 500,000 grizzly kill permits, is expected to come in early October.
The BLM, which oversees the wildlife refuge, says the grizzlies are protected under the Endangered Species Act and are not subject to the hunting ban in Alaska, which has been the target for a long-running effort to take grizzly out of the national monument system.
The grizzly’s habitat has been threatened by logging and other development in the region, including the construction of a new highway and a new hotel.
The bear population has grown in recent years and is now about a third of what it was before the mass die-off.
“We’re in the process of getting the permits, and it’s a big step forward for grizzly conservation,” said Jennifer Dauber, a spokeswoman for the U-M Endangered Wildlife Program, which supports the conservation efforts.
“But we’re not out of there yet.”
Grizzly die-offs have been on the rise in the U, too.
According to a U-Mo analysis, about 3,000 of the species’ 8,800 known populations have been wiped out since 1900, the last full year for which data is available.
The decline has come primarily from a decrease in habitat and fragmentation of the old-growth forest in the western United States.
The study estimated that about 3.2 million acres have been destroyed since 1900 in the American West, which includes more than 20% of the landmass in the Rockies.
“There are more people, and they’re killing these animals and then selling them,” Dauger said.
But now we have to sell these animals for food. “
If you were going to build a hotel and you were building something that would be a restaurant, that would sell.
But now we have to sell these animals for food.
It’s a disaster.”
Grizzley populations have dwindled in the Great Plains and in the South, as well.
The numbers of grizzles in the wild have declined by more than 90% since 1900.
The U-Miss study found that a new population of the grizzlier, a subspecies that has been found in a few populations in Alaska and Canada, is estimated at around 1,300 individuals, or about 3% of its original population.
The population of grizzlier that is known to exist in Montana, Idaho, and Wyoming is estimated to be about 500 individuals.
Daubers estimates that if all permits are sold, the population of Montana’s grizzly will be reduced to just two or three, and the numbers in Idaho could fall to about 10 or 15.
“It’s a sad day for Montana,” Dukakis said.
The Montana population is estimated between 1,000 and 1,500 individuals.
The Grizzly’s numbers have fallen to about 2,500, said Daubery.
In the West, the total population of western grizzlies is estimated by the federal government at around 2,000 to 3,500.
“That’s a lot of grizzled folks out there,” Duches said.
But it’s also been difficult for Montana ranchers to find grizzly products.
“I know they are out there, but they are just not available for sale,” said Bill Lutz, owner of The Grizzling Ranch in Yellowstone, Montana.
Lutz said that, although his ranch has sold grizzly kills, he had yet to purchase a single one.
“People just don’t want to take the risk,” Lutz added.
“When they do take the shot, they don’t get it right.”
Daupers said that in the future ranchers may have to start looking for products from elsewhere in the United States or Canada.
“My hope is that we can get a number of permits through the end of the year and get a lot more sales