USFWS Grizzly Bear Recovery Coordinator Chris Servheen

The Interagency Grizzly Bear Committee has adopted a position statement that recognizes hunting will eventually serve as a management tool once the animal’s population is considered recovered and eventually delisted.
The statement is made up of two lengthy sentences:
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“In recovered grizzly populations, the Interagency Grizzly Bear Committee supports the use of regulated hunting following the principles of the North American Model of Wildlife Conservation to managing distribution and density as one approach to help manage numbers and distribution of bears to promote co-existence and help minimize conflict.
Although specifics regarding the hunting of a recovered grizzly bear population will be unique to the ecosystem and legal jurisdictions involved, I-G-B-C supports hunting regulations that reflect the best available science, are adaptable to changing factors, are established in the public process and are consistent with standards in these ecosystem-specific conservation strategies.”
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The position statement also includes footnotes with more on the North American Model of Wildlife Conservation and ecosystem-specific conservation strategies.

In tonight’s feature interview with Edward O’Brien, the U-S Fish and Wildlife Service Grizzly Bear Recovery Coordinator and I-G-B-C member Chris Servheen has more on what the position statement means.
First – more on grizzly populations in the Northern Rockies:

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