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Grizzly Populations Remain Listed as Threatened
During the past 150 years, grizzly bears in the lower 48 states were reduced to an estimated two percent of their former range because of over hunting and habitat loss. However, fate is turning around for the grizzly: Recently, the Yellowstone population of this awe-inspiring species was removed from the government's list of threatened and endangered species after years of dedicated efforts by National Wildlife Federation and others.
Unfortunately, four other grizzly populations in the lower 48 states, in Montana, Idaho, Wyoming, and the North Cascades in Washington, remain listed as threatened.
Also known as the brown bear, the grizzly generally is larger and heavier than the black bear. Its name comes from the silver or white tips on its back and shoulder fur. A grizzly bear may live up to 35 years in the wild and may weigh more than 1,000 pounds.
For more information on grizzly bears visit www.nwf.org
Smallest Bear in Peril
The world's smallest bear species faces extinction because of deforestation and poaching in its Southeast Asian home.
The Sun bear, whose habitat stretches from India to Indonesia, has been classified as vulnerable by the World Conservation Union.
The group estimates there are 10,000 sun bears left, said Dave Garshelis,
co-chairman of the group's bear division.
The bear, which weighs between 90 and 130 pounds, is hunted for its bile, which has long been used by Chinese traditional medicine practitioners. Bear paws are also consumed as a delicacy.
Polar Bears Still in Danger
Obama Administration Reluctant to Enact Protective Policy