How To Get Grizzly Bears the Space They Need to Survive

Conservationists and ecologists hatched a radical plan to reconnect the grizzlies in Yellowstone National Park with those in the Yukon.
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As climate change continues to affect habitats across the U.S. and Canada for grizzly bears, conservationists and ecologists are working diligently to reconnect the grizzlies in Yellowstone National Park with those in Yukon to give these predators the space they need to roam.

An iconic symbol of wilderness ecological integrity and of healthy, thriving landscapes across western North America, grizzly bears once roamed over a massive territory spreading over half the U.S. up into Canada and down into Mexico.

But between 1850 and 1920, the bears were hunted down to 95% of their original range. But now, a conservation initiative is succeeding in bringing those numbers back. The Yellowstone to Yukon Conservation Initiative is working to relink these isolated populations from Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming to the Yukon in northern Canada.

Find out more about how this initiative is restoring habitats, not just for grizzlies, but also for many other species in the premiere of our newest series ReWild.

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