Near-Record Grizzly Cub Numbers in Yellowstone Area
Laramie, WY – A near-record number of
grizzly bears in and around Yellowstone National park produced cubs
Wildlife biologists have counted 50 female grizzlies with cubs.
That's second only to the 52 counted in 2002.
Chuck Schwartz of the Interagency Grizzly Bear Study Team says
the numbers are not surprising after a year with good production of
whitebark pine nuts. Grizzlies rely on those high-protein nuts.
Schwartz says that with so many grizzlies bearing young this
year, fewer will do so in 2008.
Of the 50 females counted recently, 18 had three cubs. Bearing
three rather than two is more likely after a good pine nut supply.