Piikani Nation Treaty

ALL GRIZZLY

READ THE SCIENCE!

Find out everything you ever wanted to know about the biology and ecology of grizzly bears. Authored by world-renowned bear biologist Dr. David Mattson, this site summarizes and synthesizes in beautiful graphic form the science of grizzly bears.

PIIKANI NATION TREATY

Find out how much Native Americans care about the grizzly bear, with a Grizzly Treaty that has been signed by more than 270 tribes, as well as numerous traditional societies and leaders. The document has become a symbol of international unity in defense of sovereignty, spiritual and religious protection, and treaty rights. 

MOSTLY NATURAL GRIZZLIES

For an in depth and comprehensive look at the ecology and demography of grizzly bears in the northern US Rocky Mountains, along with all the research relevant to conservation of these bears, see Mostly Natural History of the Northern Rocky Mountains.

GOAL TRIBAL COALITION

GOAL is a coalition of nearly 50 tribes  (and counting) who object to the federal and state plans to delist grizzly bears prematurely and allow trophy

hunting of this sacred being.

GOAL advocates for the tribes'

legal right to meaningful consultation and also for the reconection of tribal peoples to their traditional homelands

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FAQs

 

How many bears are there in Greater Yellowstone and are numbers increasing?

According to the Interagency Grizzly Bear Study Team, there are 670-750 grizzly bears, but the population has not grown since 2002, and in fact has probably been declining since 2007. 

http://www.grizzlytimes.org/#!blank/c1sjy

 

Is the Federal government’s science on grizzly bear numbers reliable and accurate?

No. Independent scientists have demonstrated that the science used by the government to estimate bear numbers and make claims about recovery is unreliable and biased.

http://www.grizzlytimes.org/#!the-numbers-game/bzlt2

 

What are the biggest causes of grizzly bear mortality?  

The leading causes of mortality are conflicts with elk hunters and livestock operators, most of which are avoidable.

http://www.grizzlytimes.org/#!blank/c1sjy

http://www.grizzlytimes.org/#!License-to-Kill-or-Coexist/c1ou2/5619358e0cf297bd685cd809

 

Grizzly bears are still being routinely killed as a result of becoming hooked on garbage and human foods, but sanitation has much improved. 

http://www.grizzlytimes.org/#!success-stories/cjtr

 

Is grizzly bear mortality increasing?

Yes. Grizzly bear mortality has been increasing over the last decade. In 2015, a record-high and unsustainable number of grizzly bear deaths were reported, but the years 2014-2016 reported stunningly high mortalities and a negative population trend.

 http://www.grizzlytimes.org/#!blank-3/icjii

http://www.grizzlytimes.org/single-post/2017/01/12/Fog-of-Science-The-Stealth-Advocacy-of-Grizzly-Bear-Numbers

 

Is the Yellowstone grizzly bear population scientifically recovered?

No. The grizzly bear population in Yellowstone is too small and isolated to be considered recovered.

http://www.grizzlytimes.org/#!blank-2/c15sd

 

But, there is still enough habitat to restore a connected population or 2,500 or more grizzly bears in the Northern Rockies.

http://www.grizzlytimes.org/#!blank-5/c20zg

http://www.grizzlytimes.org/#!blank-6/cymg

 

How healthy is the Yellowstone Ecosystem for grizzly bears, and are conditions changing?

The Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem is unraveling as a result of climate change and invasive species. In the last ten years, two key foods, whitebark pine and cutthroat trout, have been effectively lost to grizzly bears.   

http://www.grizzlytimes.org/#!blank-10/c1tta

 

Government agencies are denying the problem, claiming that all substitute bear foods are equal when in fact they are not.

http://www.grizzlytimes.org/#!regarding-the-food-fight/c1xnd

http://www.grizzlytimes.org/single-post/2016/1/28/Let-Them-Eat-Grizzly-Cake

 

Are the states of Montana, Idaho and Wyoming prepared to manage grizzly bears if federal protections are removed?

No, the states have demonstrated hostility to large carnivores, including grizzly bears and the problem will worsen after federal oversight is removed after delisting.  

http://www.grizzlytimes.org/#!blank-9/c20pu

http://www.grizzlytimes.org/single-post/2016/05/19/Disserving-the-Public-Trust-The-despotic-future-of-grizzly-bear-management

http://www.grizzlytimes.org/single-post/2016/05/26/Disserving-the-Public-Trust-II-The-ethos-of-state-grizzly-bear-management-1

The post-delisting plans and Conservation Strategy are voluntary handshake agreements, rather than legally binding plans.

http://www.grizzlytimes.org/#!Dont-Delist-Risk-Yellowstone-Grizzly-Bears-Future/c1ou2/56e18ea70cf2e27c763fff0e

 

The states lack the resources to do it right, and post delisting plans have no committed funding. The annual $5-million post-delisting funding needed to support management and monitoring is voluntary.  

http://www.grizzlytimes.org/#!The-Price-Tag-of-Grizzly-Bear-Delisting/c1ou2/56eacf110cf2fe2cd53cb30a

 

What does the public think of the delisting proposal?

In eight previous public comment processes related to delisting and state plans, the public vigorously opposed delisting and hunting grizzly bears, and supported stronger protections.

http://www.grizzlytimes.org/#!the-public-backs-bears/c1ux

 

You can find excerpts of public comments about delisting here:

http://www.grizzlytimes.org/#!what-the-people-say/c147i

MORE ARTICLES DEBUNKING DELISTING

Delisting: a bad idea

Yellowstone’s grizzly bear population is still not recovered! Yellowstone’s population of roughly 750 grizzly bears is completely isolated from all other grizzly bear populations and much smaller than the 2000+ animals widely considered necessary for long-term viability. 

Agency Spin

Read a summary of the key claims of being made by government scientists and managers, and a  response to each. its necessarily long due to the complexity of the issues presented. But its worth understanding what is really going on.

Food Fight

In 2009, federal endangered species protections were restored for the Yellowstone grizzly bear population in response to a court ruling that found that the government had failed to evaluate the effects of the collapse of whitebark pine, a key staple for the population. In 2013, the Interagency Grizzly Bear Study Team (IGBST) issued a report, “Response of Yellowstone grizzly bears to changes in food resources: a synthesis”, that concluded that whitebark pine was not essential for recovery of the Yellowstone grizzly bear.  REALLY IGBST??

Public Backs Bears

In the public processes related to management of Yellowstone grizzly bears during the last two decades, the public has come out swinging for bears and their habitat. 

Read about it here

What the People Say

According to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS), over 212,000 comments were submitted on the 2006 proposal to remove endangered species protections (“delist”) the Yellowstone grizzly bear.  

Over 99% of those comments opposed delisting.