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Whitebark Pine
5:26 pm
Fri August 23, 2013

Scarce pine seeds boost chance of bear encounters

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A shortage of whitebark pine seeds could mean more human-bear interactions in western Wyoming this fall.

When whitebark pine seeds are plentiful, Yellowstone bears spend the fall gorging themselves on the fatty, protein-rich morsels, up in the high alpine. But not every year is good.

“It’s a boom-bust cycle, and there’s not always a high amount of pinecones available, so they just find other foods to eat,” says Wyoming Game and Fish Large Carnivore Supervisor Dan Thompson. 

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5:40 pm
Fri April 20, 2012

Officials reach whitebark pine agreement

     In an effort to address the significant loss of Whitebark Pine trees in the Greater Yellowstone area, federal land managers have agreed to coordinate efforts to restore the species. 

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