Your Participation Is Requested For The Upcoming “Be Bear Aware” Educational Seminar In Island Park, Idaho, Co-Sponsored By Trout Hunter And Greater Yellowstone Coalition!
Thursday, September 25, 2014 from 4-6 pm
Trout Hunter, 3327 Highway 20, Island Park, Idaho
FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC – Food and Beverages Available
Gregg Losinski, the Regional Conservation Educator for the Upper Snake Region with the State of Idaho, Department of Fish and Game, is the featured speaker for this event. Based in Idaho Falls, Idaho, Mr. Losinski serves on the team of agency representatives who are working to delist the grizzly bear in the Yellowstone Ecosystem (Yellowstone Ecosystem Subcommittee, YES). He leads the committee responsible for information and education regarding for grizzly bear recovery (Interagency Grizzly Bear Committee, IGBC) in the lower 48 states.
“The next three months are particularly critical for keeping conflicts down again this year. With hunters out scouting and backpackers trying to squeeze in a few last trips before the snow flies—all at a time when grizzlies are on the hunt for food to get through the long, cold winter—the potential for conflicts grows. Common sense practices like always carrying bear spray and storing food appropriately can make a big difference, keeping bears and people safe,” said Kathy Rinaldi, GYC’s Idaho Conservation Coordinator.
Grizzly bears were added to the Endangered List in 1975 when their once vast numbers, estimated to be over 50,000, were drastically reduced to just a few hundred in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem (GYE) due to western settlement and a dramatic reduction in habitat. The GYE is one of five areas in the lower 48 states that supports a population of grizzlies estimated today to be around 700 bears. After nearly 40 years of protection under the Endangered Species Act and millions of more Americans living in the west, Greater Yellowstone’s grizzly population has increased and expanded its range. The success of grizzly bear recovery is due in large part to many collaborative efforts to better protect and manage grizzly bear habitat coupled with more research, education and outreach.
The Greater Yellowstone Coalition is a nonprofit conservation organization dedicated to protecting the lands, waters, and wildlife of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. GYC has offices in Bozeman, MT, Cody and Jackson, WY and Driggs, ID. GYC has an international membership that helps the organization through advocacy and financial contributions. To learn more, visit www.greateryellowstone.org.