In July, 1975 grizzly bears were officially designated as threatened under the Endangered Species Act. Now, 45 years later, these majestic animals are still struggling to recover, and continue to remain absent from nearly 98 percent of their historic range.
WildEarth Guardians and the Flathead-Lolo-Bitterroot Citizen Task Force will host a roundtable discussion about efforts underway to protect grizzly bears, and the scientific basis of actions necessary for their long term survival. Come learn about court challenges to protect grizzly bears, the importance of connectivity for genetic interchange, and impediments keeping bears from reaching new habitat.
Joining us are -
Dr. Fred Allendorf is a leading conservation geneticist and is currently Regents Professor of Biology Emeritus at the University of Montana and a board member of the National Academy of Arts and Sciences. He has been a Fulbright Scholar and was awarded the 2015 Molecular Ecology Award for lifetime achievements in the fields of molecular ecology and conservation genetics. He is featured in the video presentation titled, “The Status of the Grizzly Bear: Has It Really Recovered.”
Pete Frost is an attorney with the Western Environmental Law Center and has more than two decades of experience litigating in federal and state courts to preserve the West’s forests, rivers, wildlife, and wilderness. He is a recipient of the David Brower Lifetime Achievement Award for environmental litigation, and represents WildEarth Guardians, with other clients, in a lawsuit to end bear-baiting inside grizzly bear habitat.
Mike Bader is an independent consultant in Missoula involved in grizzly bear management and recovery issues since the 1980s. He is co-author of the report titled, "Road Density and Grizzly Bears in the Ninemile Demographic Connectivity Area, Montana."