Oh no! This is so sad!
Grizzly bear deaths near the Yellowstone region in Montana, Wyoming, and Idaho have risen to near record levels in 2010.
An estimated 75% of grizzle bears, which are protected animals, were killed or removed from the wild. Sources say that the deaths were blamed primarily on the grizzlies being pushed into inhabited areas where food is scarce, and where they become easily stalked by hunters.
In 2008, 79 Yellowstone grizzlies died or were removed, with only three of those deaths being natural.
"In general, if you were going to make a bet on whether a bear died because of people versus natural causes, it would be people," said Chuck Schwartz, a U.S. Geological Survey biologist who leads the multi-agency grizzly bear study team. "Eighty-five-plus percent of independent bears that die, die because of people," he added.
Hunting grizzly bears is still illegal, however at least 15 were killed this year by hunters.
This is terrible! We have to protect our wildlife!
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