Carnivore Conservation: The Why and How (Part 1 of 4)

Grizzly bear in the North Cascades, photographed by Joe Sebille

The first confirmed grizzly bear sighting in the North Cascades since 1997 was in October 2010. Photograph by Joe Sebille.

Planning for carnivore conservation should be at the forefront of our minds in the Pacific Northwest. Wolves are slowly returning to Washington and Oregon, with the first pack confirmed in each state in 2008. Grizzlies have become so rare that October 2010 marked the first confirmed grizzly sighting in the Cascades in 15 years; the US Fish & Wildlife Service estimates that only 20 grizzlies live in the entire North Cascades. Wolverines are being considered for Endangered Species Act protection. Protecting carnivores — critical players in keeping ecosystems healthy — requires extensive research to identify the best areas for protection. Continue reading