U.S. won’t restore grizzly bear protections near Yellowstone National Park

BILLINGS, Mont. — U.S. officials will not restore federal protections for Yellowstone-area grizzly bears, despite a court ruling that called into question the government’s rationale for turning grizzly management over to states that are now planning public hunts for the animals, according to an announcement Friday in in the Federal Register.

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The geographic differences between these two brown bear subspecies has also led to differences in size

Though Kodiak bears and grizzly bears are part of the same species of brown bear, they are different

Grizzly / Brown Bear

Grizzly / Brown Bear

The grizzly bear and brown bear are members of the same species of bear. Generally they are called grizzly bear when they are inland. In coastal regions of Alaska and Canada they are generally referred to as brown bear. These bears are much more aggressive than a black bear.

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DIFFERENCES BETWEEN GRIZZLY & KODIAK BEARS

Brown bears (Ursus arctos) are among the largest living carnivores on the planet. Within the species there is considerable variation between individuals, which has led to the formation of two different subspecies — Kodiak bears (Ursus arctos middendorff) and grizzlies (Ursus arctos horribilis). Grizzly bears are the more common of the subspecies and are sometimes listed interchangeably with brown bears.

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BASIC FACTS ABOUT GRIZZLY BEARS

BASIC FACTS ABOUT GRIZZLY BEARS
Grizzly bears are majestic symbols of the wild. Bears live in and use a variety of habitat types, playing important roles in each one. This makes them an “umbrella species,” meaning that when we protect them and their habitat we also protect many species. Grizzly bears can also help ecosystems by distributing seeds and nutrients through their scat, and occasionally regulating ungulate populations.

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