A study on the Yellowstone area’s grizzly bear population shows that the number of bears is steadily increasing and so far the animals have an adequate food supply.
The Interagency Grizzly Bear Committee is responsible for coordinating grizzly bear recovery efforts across agencies in the continental U.S. and Canada. The organization’s Yellowstone Ecosystem Subcommittee submitted the report.
The U-S Fish and Wildlife Service wants Grizzly Bears taken off the Endangered Species list, but the agency's effort has been blunted by the courts. Matt Laslo reports from Washington on the battle over Wyoming's Grizzlies.
MATT LASLO: In 1975 government officials worried the west could one day be grizzly-less. Using the Endangered Species Act the government became a great protector of the Bears that play a vital role in the region's ecosystem. But by 2007 the federal government recorded a massive rebound in the population, so they delisted Grizzly Bears.
A lawsuit over a fatal bear mauling near Yellowstone National Park is set to go to trial at the end of the year. The Powell Tribune reported Friday that federal Judge Nancy Freudenthal has scheduled the trial to start Dec. 3 in Cheyenne. Erwin Evert of Park Ridge, Ill., was killed by a grizzly bear that had been tranquilized by researchers in Shoshone National Forest. Evert's widow, Yolanda Evert, is suing the federal government for $5 million. She claims that researchers let the bear go too
A bear expert says a study has found that people using bear spray during grizzly bear encounters are injured far less often than people using firearms. University of Calgary's Steve Herrero says that 98 percent of those who used bear spray walked away unharmed, and no people or bears died. He says 56 percent of those who used firearms were injured, and 61 percent of the bears died. The firearms study involved 269 incidents with 444 hunters. The bear spray study had 72 incidents with 175 people, though some of