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Endangered species update, 12:12 (December 1995)

University of Michigan, School of Natural Resources
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U P D A T E Including Endangered a Reprint Species of the Technical latest USFWS Bulletin December 1995 Vol. 12 No. 12 School of Natural Resources and Environment THE UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN In this Issue Community Based Natural Community Planning For Conservation Planning Grizzly Recovery in Southern California Wildlife Habitat and Good News for Owls Private Land Ownership and Jobs Bitterroot G rialy Recovery: A Community-Based Alternative Mike Roy and Hank Fischer 1 Endangered Species UPDATE Vol. 12 No. 12 1995 Scientists and advocates agree that cal economies, and give citizens alarger tribution of bear sightings and increased recovery of the threatened grizzly bear voice in grizzly management. reproductive success suggest improve- (Ursus arctos) can only be achieved if ment in the bear's condition. In fact, its range and numbers are expanded. Background efforts are underway to evaluate grizzly For over twenty years, conservation ef- de-listing in the Yellowstone Ecosys- forts have focused on stabilizing exist- Since the grizzly bear was first tem in the foreseeable future. ing bear populations in the Yellowstone listed as "threatened" in 1975, conser- Despite this perception of progress and Northern Continental Divide (Gla- vation efforts-as outlined in the recent in grizzly conservation, scientists and cier National ParkBob Marshall Wil- Grizzly Bear Recovery Plan (USFWS advocates agree that significant expan- derness) Ecosystems. Yet even these 1993)-have focused on stabilization sion of grizzly range and numbers must programs in parks and other protected of declining populations in four ecosys- occur before grizzlies can be consid- areas have alienated many resource us- tems in the northern Rockies, reduction ered recovered south of Canada. Cur- ers and local citizens. of human-caused mortality, improve- rent populations are too small and too How can local residents of poten- ment of sanitation practices, and en- fragmented to be considered secur

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