News & CommentEndangered Species

Wayward Grizzlies Spark Debate

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Science  25 Oct 1996:
Vol. 274, Issue 5287, pp. 493
DOI: 10.1126/science.274.5287.493a


Jackson, Wyoming—In the past few months a surprising number of grizzly bears in the Greater Yellowstone area have wandered onto grazing land outside their normal haunts. This high incidence of stray bears is fueling a stormy debate over whether the number of grizzlies in the contiguous 48 states has increased to the point that they should no longer be listed as a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act.