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Grizzly bears Ursus arctos horribilis are important figures in Americas wildlife heritage For many people the grizzly embodies the spirit of the American Wilderness Some people even dance in bear masks to keep the grizzlys spirit alive George Taylor the owner of Le-La-La Dancers a Native American troupe states When I put on the mask I become the bear Grizzly bears represent the strength and power of the woods I want future generations to see them National Geographic 4 Up until the turn of the 20th century they were fairly common throughout most of the northwest region of the United States In our world today many grizzly bears are losing their fight against human intervention in their once well-balanced ecosystem Most do not realize that annually thousands of species of our flora and fauna are now becoming extinct This ongoing trend is increasingly threatening our bio diversity and global ecology To give a specific example of animal depletion I will focus on Canadian and western North American grizzlies The following factors are responsible for their decline Hunting loss of habitat or backcountry development and just plain apathy on part of the public to preserve the bio diversity of our land The United States government classifies the grizzly as a threatened species in every state except Alaska The World Book Encyclopedia 421 Threatened species are those that are likely to become endangered-at least locally-within the foreseeable future Brown or grizzly bears are considered to be locally threatened even though they remain abundant in other parts of their former range Environmental Science 289 There are only about 58000 grizzlies left more than half subsist in Alaska The limited space has confined grizzlies to Canada Alaska and isolated pockets in the US Northwest such as Washington Montana Idaho and Wyoming Where should boundaries be drawn for the protection of grizzly bears It is nearly impossible to have one right answer There are numerous opinions received on this
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