Officials Focus on Socially Acceptable Grizzly Management
Having reached a healthy grizzly bear population in Yellowstone, wildlife officials are focusing on new zones outside Yellowstone that may be suitable for grizzly expansion. The only problem is there doesn't appear to be any agreement on suitable (biologically and socially) habitat outside Yellowstone. According to the Billings Gazette, Wyoming officials have struggled to find any location where brown bear populations may grow.
“We’re not interested in grizzly bears occupying new habitat except in areas where they already are,” said Brian Nesvik of Wyoming Game and Fish. “Socially acceptable habitat would be areas where grizzlies already occupy. We’re not interested in expansion. We’re maxed out on grizzly bears already.” Nesvik said some areas within the greater Yellowstone ecosystem already provide both biologically suitable and socially acceptable habitat for the bear.