Article: Grizzly bear death rates on the rise

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Article: Grizzly bear death rates on the rise

Postby paul » Fri Feb 14, 2020 2:02 pm

The article references bear deaths along the railroad tracks near Glacier National Park. I never knew the death rates were that high.

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/02/10/science/grizzly-bears-deaths.html
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Re: Article: Grizzly bear death rates on the rise

Postby PeteE » Fri Feb 14, 2020 5:11 pm

That's old news. A similar story was local news a year or more in the past.
The NYTimes must have been hard up for a story. 8)

It shouldn't be a surprise if you think about it.

The grizzly bear population has been increasing for years due to being a protected species.
So more bears in the same space of GNP.

And as the population grows, the "new" bears MUST find new territory somewhere.
That means outside the park for more and more bears--especially to the south into the wilderness territory.
Plus bears to the south will migrate north--across the tracks--from the Bob Marshall Wilderness complex.

Some will migrate north into Canada. East of the park is not the best habitat with people and ranching--not very bear friendly.
West of the park isn't very good for the bears either.

Then there is the increase in the number of trains passing by the park. More spillage of grain and other potential food items.
Many more animals other than bears getting killed. So more bear "attractants" along the tracks.
More bears and more trains per day/month/year results in more bears being hit.

I believe it's as simple as that.

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