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105) In order to address these two challenges, the FWS formed the Interagency Grizzly Bear Study Team, a committee of scientists from federal and state wildlife agencies in charge of collecting, managing, and distributing studies of grizzly bears.
Our population is strong, our counts of females are high," said Chuck Schwartz, a US Geological Survey scientist, who heads the Interagency Grizzly Bear Study Team.
As evidence that the delisting was premature, 48 bear deaths were recorded in the Yellowstone area last year by the Interagency Grizzly Bear Study team.
1, researchers had observed 33 sows with ``cubs of the year,'' well above the previous records, 25 sows with new cubs in 1986 and 57 cubs in 1990, said Dick Knight, head of the Interagency Grizzly Bear Study Team.
The new program comes at a critical time for Yellowstone grizzly bears, which in spring and fall feed almost exclusively on whitebark seeds, says Dave Mattson, a habitat specialist for the Interagency Grizzly Bear Study Team.
The document guiding the grizzly bear conservation strategy says there must be no net loss in habitat quality inside of the primary conservation area--9,200 square miles of habitat in the Greater Yellowstone Area," says Chuck Schwartz, a USGS wildlife biologist leading the independent Interagency Grizzly Bear Study Team.
Federal grizzly bear monitoring and research began in 1973 under the Interagency Grizzly Bear Study Team (IGBST) administered by NPS, a role that has been largely supplanted by FWS.
The potential for disastrous consequences is also a concern of Richard Knight, who for 24 years oversaw bear research with the Yellowstone Interagency Grizzly Bear Study Team, initially a wing of the Park Service and now in the U.