Should Grizzly Bears Come Off the Endangered Species List?

Brandon Wu & Thai Villaluna, Staff Writers

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Grizzly bears are a large subspecies of brown bears, that live in North America. Most female grizzlies weigh between 130 to 180 kg (290 – 400 lb), and the males weigh about 180 to 360 kg (400-790 lb). The average height of the grizzly bear population is about 6.5 ft. Brown bears are found in Asia, Europe, and North America, which is the widest range of the bear species. Grizzly bears are now found in Alaska and are mostly found in Canada. There are about 25,000 grizzly bears in British Columbia, somewhere which has banned grizzly hunting. The population have decreased over the years because of the hunting and habitats loss.

In June of last year, the Trump administration removed grizzly bears from the endangered species list, something which attracted a lot of backlash from people everywhere. The grizzly population has grown from 150 to 700 in the Yellowstone Park, and its range has almost doubled to 22500 square miles. Critics believed this move would wipe out decades of work on saving grizzly bears.                       

Grizzly bears have been on the endangered animals list since 1975, and now the first bear hunt since then is being organized in Yellowstone National Park. Different states each have a different number for the amount of bears allowed to hunt, with Idaho at the lowest with one male and no females. Wyoming is allowing the most with ten male bears and two female bears. Whenever a hunter kills a grizzly bear, they are required to call in and report the male. In states where no female bears are allowed to be killed, the hunters will take precautions to determine whether the bear they’re hunting is male or female. If the limit of bears killed is exceeded, the limit will have to be severely reduced next hunt to maintain the grizzly population.

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