Wildlife Agencies Work To Limit Grizzly Deaths

Yellowstone News, Bear Hunting Magazine

Wildlife agencies have launched a new campaign to decrease the number of grizzly bear that are dying in the greater Yellowstone region after a record number of deaths during 2008.

More backcountry ranger patrols are planned, thousands more warning signs will be posted and hunters and hikers will continue to be encouraged to use pepper spray instead of firearms when approached by a bear.

The Yellowstone region's 600 grizzlies were removed from the endangered species list in 2007 and it remains illegal to intentionally shoot them. Forty-eight grizzlies were killed by humans last year, out of the 79 total grizzly deaths. If the death rate stays high for a second consecutive year, it would trigger a review of the bear's endangered status.

In 2009 so far, seventeen grizzlies have died.

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