Grizzly bears are threatened by habitat loss, excessive killing by humans, and climate change -- not only in the lower-48 states, but throughout their range worldwide. Grizzly bear managers have repeatedly stated that the lions’ share of grizzly bear deaths are avoidable. Yet, progress towards recovery, especially steps to reduce human-caused mortality, continues to be tragically uneven.
This section summarizes the role that Corrupt Institutions play in slowing efforts toward recovery. Inadequate Goals contribute to the problem, in the context of what is needed to truly recover grizzlies in the lower-48 states. These problems lead to perverse and Corrupt Outcomes both for bears and for people who live with them or flock to places like Yellowstone and Glacier to see bears in the wild.
But there is A Better Way to manage bears and protect the broader public interest. It is not too late to get it right and recover grizzlies in the lower-48 states.