Home » Bridger Teton National Forest »Grand Teton National Park »Greater Yellowstone »Jackson Hole »Paradise Valley »State of Idaho »State of Wyoming » Currently Reading:

New Bear-Counting Methods Discussed

bearsbanner

The region’s grizzly bear managers are refining the methods they use to determine the number of bears in the ecosystem as well as their distribution through the ecosystem and food sources. Some of those new methods were discussed during the Yellowstone Ecosystem Subcommittee meeting of the Interagency Grizzly Bear Committee in Jackson this week. Outgoing Chairperson Mary Gibson Scott says the bear’s expansion beyond its traditional range has not necessarily been good for the bears.  She explains there are bears going beyond the recovery area that she says, “we would consider out-liers where they really, as bear biologists would say, ‘can’t make a living.’ It’s not sustainable, and that’s where we’re seeing bears getting into trouble.”  Scott says then managers have to take management actions. That distribution, she says, will be related now to how the counting will be accomplished. Scott says, previous counts have been quite conservative, and biologists believe there are more bears in the ecosystem than what the official counts showed. The new counting efforts she says will seek methods that give a more accurate count of the animals.  Still, she says from what the bear biologists report, the grizzly bear population here is healthy and resilient.  As a result of the reversal by the 9th District Court of the bear’s delisting, Scott says studies are focusing on the bears’ food synthesis including how much of their diets are dependent of pine nuts or moths or other traditional food sources. She explains the basis for that reversal was to learn more information about what the composition of the grizzly bear foods are.  At the end of the meeting, Scott turned the leadership of the committee over to Tom Ryder of Wyoming Game of Fish who has served as the Vice Chair for the past two years.

Comment on this Article:

LOST CREEK RANCH AND SPA WEBCAM

Quake List

Archive

Weather Alerts

Wyoming News

  • Windy In Eastern Wyoming, Otherwise, Pleasant Halloween Weather - October 31, 2014
    A ridge of high pressure will slowly move east today.  This will keep skies sunny to mostly sunny and conditions mainly dry across much of the state today.  Winds, however, will be strong and gusty across eastern Wyoming with gusts between 40 and 50 mph.  Temperatures across western Wyoming will stay very mild and above […]
  • Goose hunters will always have a Halloween costume - October 31, 2014
    Thank goodness for non-hunting spouses. If it weren’t for our better halves, most of us who hunt would be completely unprepared for fall holidays. Halloween is certainly one of the days that would be far less exciting if there weren’t people in our households who think about other things besides late-season deer, ducks, geese, pheasants […]
  • Cool With Mainly Quiet Weather Conditions Today - October 30, 2014
    Weather concerns across the state will be very minimal today.  Expect sunny to mostly sunny skies, mainly dry weather conditions, and light to breezy winds.  Temperatures will be a touch cooler today due to a weak cool front that will be brushing by northern and eastern parts of the state.  Daytime highs will be in […]
  • Be ready for bumps, scrapes, cuts and more - October 30, 2014
    Being prepared for the worst is never a bad idea. However, if you carry everything you might need for any emergency, you won’t have room for your tent or sleeping bag. A first aid kit needs to be light and compact, or it’ll be one of the first things you toss out of the pack […]

The Latest RSS Items

  • No items found in feed URL: http://feeds.feedburner.com/StefaniasBlog?format=xml. You requested 5 items.
  • powered by RSS Just Better 1.3 plugin