Grizzly Bears, An Endangered Species


Amber Wahab, Staff Writer

Years ago when the natives walked the plains, grizzly bears roamed the safety of the forests, both minding their own business. However, once the pioneers arrived things started to change. The grizzly population ran between 50,000 to 100,000 but then, unfortunately, began to drop down to about 12,000 to 14,000.

Studies show that human-caused mortality is the most prevalent threat to grizzly bears today and that’s why these beautiful animals tend to stay in rugged mountainous areas. The fact that grizzlies reproduce very slowly does not help their case either. The female grizzly bear doesn’t have her first litter until after six years and then once giving birth to a cub she doesn’t mate for another two to four years. Considering that grizzlies are an umbrella species many other animals benefit from their existence, not to mention they are also useful to ecosystems by distributing seeds and nutrients through the fields that these bears might live.

Another factor to the endangerment of grizzly bears is global warming, another human-caused danger to the North American brown bears. Global warming has resulted in a lack of natural grizzly food resources such as Whitebark Pine. The bears, in search of food, travel down to lower elevation areas which are populated by humans. Grizzly’s will go through our trash and other forms of food and in doing so will risk their own lives due to the safety threat on humans. In other words, when we took away everything from these great bears and gave them no option other than to come to where we live in search of food, we kill them.

Although there are safe places including national parks such as Yellowstone, where grizzly bears can remain safe from humans, it’s still not enough to save the species. Change starts with us.


Work cited:

Merry, Mitch. “Grizzly Bear.” Endangered Species Coalition,