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Majestic Grizzly Bears Return: Shape History in the North Cascades with Draft Plan – Act Now!

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In a historic move, the National Park Service and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service have unveiled a draft plan to reintroduce grizzly bears to the North Cascades Ecosystem (NCE), a region they once roamed for millennia. The proposal, open for public comment until November 13, 2023, marks a pivotal step in restoring these majestic creatures to their native habitat spanning from Washington into British Columbia.

Positive Sentiment and Community Support:

Praised by the Friends of the North Cascades Grizzly Bear coalition, the draft plan is hailed as an opportunity to bring back a crucial element to the Indigenous ecosystem. Scott Schuyler, policy representative for the Upper Skagit Tribe, emphasizes the historical coexistence of the Upper Skagit and grizzly bears, stating, “The time has come for the grizzly bear to return to its habitat.”

Environmental Impact and Conservation:

The North Cascades, renowned as one of North America’s premier intact ecosystems, is deemed incomplete without the presence of grizzly bears. Kathleen Callaghy, Northwest representative for Defenders of Wildlife, highlights the plan’s potential to redress human-wildlife conflicts and inspire future generations through the restoration of these incredible animals.

Second Attempt and Public Engagement:

This marks the second attempt to reintroduce grizzlies to the NCE after a 2015 initiative was halted in 2020. Gordon Congdon, retired Wenatchee orchardist, expresses optimism in sharing the remarkable recovery of the North Cascades grizzly with future generations. The setback in 2020 did not deter public support, with over 159,000 members of the public voicing their endorsement for grizzly reintroduction.

Unique Challenges and Collaborative Solutions:

The NCE is identified as one of two federal grizzly bear recovery areas lacking an established bear population, making natural repopulation unlikely. Wildlife biologists propose the safe relocation of existing bears based on extensive research. Local residents, such as Jack Oelfke and Jasmine Minbashian, recognize the need to coexist with grizzlies, acknowledging the species’ native presence and advocating for their return.

Public Participation and Final Strategy:

During the 45-day comment period, the agencies are actively seeking public input to shape their final strategy on grizzly reintroduction in north-central Washington. The public is encouraged to contribute to this historic conservation effort by submitting comments [HERE!].


The draft plan to reintroduce grizzly bears to the North Cascades signifies a critical milestone in conservation efforts and community engagement. As stakeholders unite to shape the future of the NCE, the prospect of grizzlies reclaiming their historic territory holds promise for both ecological balance and the rich heritage of the North Cascades. Public participation remains integral to this transformative initiative, inviting individuals to play a vital role in the resurgence of a symbolically significant species.

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