STATES CHRONICLE – State officials issued plans to restore the population of Grizzly bears in Washington. In the past, these bears roamed the areas of the North Cascades in Washington. In recent decades, the number of grizzlies decreased. On January 12, federal officials released a plan containing four options to restore the Grizzly bears’ population. One of the options is to capture other specimens from other areas and transport them to Washington, being bound to enjoy 9,800 square miles of public land in and around North Cascades National Park.
The other three alternatives suggest the restoration of a population counting two hundred bears, by relocating them and then letting those specimens breed. These three options differ in the number of bears which were initially released and the time expected for the purpose to be attained, varying from 25 years to 60 and even a hundred years for the rest of the alternatives.
The US Fish and Wildlife Service together with the National Park Service did not decide upon a particular alternative. Nevertheless, they will search for input during the next few weeks, thinking about what stages they should follow to restore these animals to their natural habitat.
This draft plan issued by the federal government appeared because they need t decide if they will give up the protection for more than seven hundred bears in and around the Yellowstone National Park. Officials had planned to reach a conclusion by the end of 2016 regarding a proposal meant to turn Grizzlies’ management to Wyoming, Montana and Idaho officials, permitting limited hunting. Unfortunately, they faced many contrary opinions which prevent them from making a decision.
In Washington, the plan for grizzlies restoration triggered intense debate as state officials requested input back in 2015. Back then, they developed a draft for the environmental impact statement which was released on January 12. Supporters of the cause argue that this creature should be brought back. They believe that their population will not increase in number if they don’t receive urgent help. Grizzly bears will be able to make the biodiversity of the ecosystem prosper.
Joe Scott, a member of the nonprofit Conservation Northwest, claimed that the restoration of this massive creature back to its natural habitat to the North Cascades National Park would be a fantastic opportunity to reinstate the natural heritage.
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