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A Comprehensive Analysis Of The Proposed Alternatives For Grizzly Bear Reintroduction Into The Bitterroot Ecosystem, Sara Adams
Life and Environmental Sciences Undergraduate Theses
In 1997, the United States Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) issued a Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) proposing possible modes of grizzly bear recovery in the Bitterroot Ecosystem (BE) of Central Idaho and Western Montana. Four alternatives were outlined in the DEIS. The first alternative suggests grizzly reintroduction into the BE managed by a Citizen Management Committee (CMC). This would require amending the Endangered Species Act (ESA) to allow the population to be labeled as experimental and nonessential. The second alternative proposes that the grizzlies naturally reinhabit the BE, through migrational movements. Experts have agreed that natural reinhabitation of the ...