500 attend listening session on bear restoration Most people attending a public meeting to comment the proposed restoration of grizzly bears in the North Cascades said the animal would not be welcome. About 500 people showed up Monday evening (Oct. 7) at the Okanogan County Fairgrounds Agriplex to express their opinions on a plan developed […]
Comment period reopened for grizzly restoration proposal
Draft plan for N. Cascades still under review If you’ve never commented about the possibility of reintroducing grizzly bears into the North Cascades, or have already commented but have something more to say, now’s the time. The National Park Service (NPS) and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) said last week that they are […]
Commissioners object to North Cascades grizzly proposal
Transplanting grizzly bears into the North Cascades would threaten the “local economy, customs and culture” of Okanogan County, county commissioners said in a letter to federal officials who are preparing an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) on a grizzly bear restoration plan.
The letter was written in …
Upcoming programs at the libraries
Libraries are generally thought of as indoor spaces, but the North Central Regional Library is sponsoring a series of programs about the outdoors this spring. Wenatchee Valley College sociology professor Rich Brinkman will talk about life on the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) at the Twisp library on March 30 at 6 p.m. Brinkman spent 150 […]
Grizzly restoration info session draws large crowd
A wildlife biologist who has worked for three decades to restore grizzly bears in the Cabinet Mountains of northwest Montana has watched the population grow from around five bears in the 1980s to about 50 bears today.
The grizzly restoration effort has slowly rebuilt the population of bears in a 2,600-square-mile area near the town of Libby, much like a proposal to …
Information open house on proposed grizzly bear recovery
An informational open house about proposals for grizzly bear recovery in the North Cascades will be held next Wednesday (Feb. 15) in the Winthrop Barn from 6-8 p.m., and a webinar on grizzly recovery is scheduled for Tuesday (Feb. 14) from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Hosted by the National Park Service and U.S. Fish and Wildlife […]
Proposal would restore grizzly bears to North Cascades ecosystem
Grizzly bears would be captured and released into the North Cascades in order to restore the bears to their historic habitat, based on proposals detailed in an environmental study released last week.
The grizzly bear restoration proposals are …
Big bear — but not a grizzly
A trail camera set by Mike Newman of Mount Vernon in the Big Valley Wildlife Area last week caught photos of an impressive bear that made Newman wonder if it might be a grizzly.
Newman thought the bear, photographed on July 20, appeared in one image to have a hump on its shoulders and a dished face that resembled a grizzly bear, so he emailed the photos off to the Washington Department …
Statewide survey finds strong support for grizzlies returning to N. Cascades
A majority of registered voters in Washington support efforts to help grizzly bears recover in the North Cascades, according to a survey commissioned by Defenders of Wildlife.
The survey conducted in May found that 80 percent of registered voters in the state support efforts to …
Grizzly expert makes case for recovery in N. Cascades
A regional expert on grizzlies made the case last week for helping the “charismatic and controversial creatures” return to their historical home in the North Cascades.
Joe Scott of Conservation Northwest has spent 20 years researching and advocating for …