Grizzly bears are vital components of healthy ecosystems and an important keystone species.
You knew it was going to happen. Sooner or later one of Trump’s cabinet nominees was going to say something so crazy and
Jeremy T. Bruskotter, Associate Professor of Environment and Natural Resources, The Ohio State University; John A Vucetich
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service recently proposed removing endangered species protections for Yellowstone grizzly bears. When the bear was first placed on the Endangered Species list 40 years ago, the population was less than 140 bears.
Beloved bear was 25 years old.
In recent years, the HSUS and other animal welfare and conservation organizations have struggled in one arena after another to prevent the government and trophy hunting lobbies from enabling or conducting mass and inhumane killings of these still-recovering predators.
Hunters nearly exterminated the bears in the 1900s.
No serious person trivializes the tragic loss of the hiker. Killing the bear, though, could not bring the hiker back. Nor does killing Blaze ensure safety for hikers; there are other bears with cubs in Yellowstone.
My heart goes out to the man who was killed and to his family and friends. And, I know others would agree that this is an incredibly sad event -- but that the bears shouldn't be killed. Killing the bears is not euthanasia, but rather premeditated slaughter or murder.
If you visit Canada's Great Bear Rainforest -- and you should -- you'd be lucky to have Ian McAllister as your guide. His knowledge of the world's largest remaining coastal temperate rainforest is unparalleled, and his passion for conserving it is contagious.