Ghost Bears: Looking for Grizzly Bears in Washington’s North Cascades

Ghost Bears: Looking for Grizzly Bears in Washington’s North Cascades

Conservation Northwest / Jun 09, 2016 / Work Updates

Wildlife ecologist Bill Gaines will discuss the elusive North Cascades grizzly bear on June 15

Join us on Wednesday, June 15 in Everett for an evening all about grizzly bears! 

By Jenni Minier, Grizzly Bear Outreach Coordinator

Wildlife ecologist Bill Gaines, Ph.D., will discuss his three-year search for elusive grizzly bears in the North Cascades, the historical presence of these charismatic bruins in the Pacific Northwest, and the potential for grizzly bear recovery in the North Cascades ecosystem.

This free event is open to the public and sponsored by Conservation Northwest and Western Wildlife Outreach.

When: Wednesday – June 15th, 2016; doors open at 6:30 p.m., program starts at 7:00 p.m.

Where: Snohomish County PUD – 2320 California Street, Everett, WA, 98201

Who: Dr. Gaines is the Director of the Washington Conservation Science Institute and has spent the last quarter-century studying the role of large carnivores in ecosystems. Dr. Gaines earned his Ph.D. in Wildlife Science at the University of Washington and lives in Leavenworth.

Why: Dr. Gaines’ program aims to raise awareness about the grizzly bear and the current population’s situation in the North Cascades.

Background: It is estimated that fewer than 10 grizzly bears survive in the North Cascades today despite an abundance of quality habitat spanning an area larger than Yellowstone National Park, including North Cascades National Park and the Alpine Lakes Wilderness. The National Park Service and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service are conducting environmental impact studies on the North Cascades Ecosystem to gauge the effects of potential grizzly bear restoration efforts. A Draft Environmental Impact Statement will be released in the fall of 2016 followed by a public comment period.

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We hope to see you there!