Endangered Species
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Grizzly Bear Recovery

Cabinet-Yaak Ecosystem

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Grizzly bears were listed as a threatened species in 1975 in the conterminous 48 States.  Currently grizzly bear distribution has been reduced to 5 areas in the western United States, including the Cabinet-Yaak in northern Idaho and northwest Montana.  Populations are estimated to be Active research began in both the Cabinet–Yaak and Selkirk recovery zones in 1983 when one bear was captured and radiocollared in each ecosystem. The Cabinet–Yaak ecosystem encompasses the Yaak River drainage and the Cabinet Mountains. The ecosystem is bisected by the Kootenai River, with the Cabinet Mountains to the south and the Yaak River area to the north. Approximately 90% of the study area is on public land administered by the Kootenai and Panhandle National Forests. The Cabinet Mountains Wilderness Area encompasses part of the study area at higher elevations of the Cabinet Mountains.

Annual Cabinet-Yaak Grizzly Bear Recovery Research and Monitoring Reports (link to cabinet archive)

In 2007, the Service initiated a 5-year review of grizzly bear (as listed in the lower 48 States excluding the Greater Yellowstone Area population) and 8 other species (72 FR 19549).

In 2006, the Service issued a non-jeopardy biological opinion for the Revett Silver Company’s proposed Rock Creek Mine project in the Cabinet Mountains of Montana.  The non-jeopardy opinion concludes that the project incorporates a conservative approach to ensure adequate measures to conserve grizzly bears and bull trout.  The mitigation plan for the Rock Creek mine will be protective of threatened bull trout and should produce a positive net effect for the Cabinet-Yaak ecosystem grizzly bear population.  

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Last updated: December 19, 2012