Grizzly bear diet key to end of federal protection

Posted: Apr 26, 2013

Written by

Mike Koshmrl, Jackson Hole News & Guide
Grizzly bear

A study on the nuances of Yellowstone ecosystem grizzly bear diets due this October will determine whether managers will recommend ending federal protections for the species, officials said last week.

The study, called a food synthesis, will take a “holistic approach” to analyzing grizzly bear diets, said Frank van Manen, the team leader for the Interagency Grizzly Bear Study Team. Van Manen spoke from the Wort Hotel on April 17, where carnivore managers were convening for the Yellowstone Ecosystem Subcommittee of the Interagency Grizzly Bear Committee’s annual Jackson meeting.

That grizzlies are omnivores with very broad-based diets complicates matters.

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