Seattle Public Utilities Mami Hara, General Manager/CEO

 

Grizzly Bear

grizzly bear

Grizzly bear live in the north Cascade mountains and may occasionally travel through the watershed.

The grizzly bear (Ursus arctos) is listed as one of the species of greatest concern in the Cedar River Watershed Habitat Conservation Plan. The north Cascades population is listed as federally threatened although the Yellowstone population segment was declared recovered and delisted on March 29, 2007. The grizzly is listed as an endangered species by Washington State.

The grizzly bear has a very large home range (up to 500 square miles for males) and can use many habitat types. Remaining bears in Washington are found in relatively undisturbed mountain habitat with large variations in topography and vegetation. Within the watershed, high elevation meadows, riparian areas, and old growth forests are key habitats for the grizzly bear.

Goals

Our goal is to maintain and protect existing grizzly bear habitat, primarily high elevation meadows and old-growth forest. Our specific objectives include:

  1. Protect and maintain all existing grizzly bear habitat.
  2. Enhance grizzly bear habitat by accelerating the development of old-growth forest characteristics, for example, plant species diversity and large dead wood components, in young second-growth plantation forests.

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What are we doing for grizzly bear?

Black Bear3

Although we have no documented grizzly bear in the watershed, black bear are common.

Because the grizzly bear is such a wide-ranging species, it is possible that individuals may occasionally move through the watershed.

Protect All Watershed Habitats
Management of the watershed serves to avoid or minimize adverse effects of major events such as fire, spills of toxic materials, invasive species, and excessive human disturbance. Protection from human disturbance will likely provide the most benefit for any grizzly bear using the watershed.
View more information on habitat protection.

Upland Forest Habitat Restoration
Upland forest habitat enhancement projects are designed as active restoration projects to accelerate old-growth forest conditions in second-growth forest generated after clearcut logging. This includes creating small canopy gaps that facilitate increased plant species diversity, and creating snags and logs that will provide habitat for large numbers of insects. Insects and a variety of understory plant species are primary food sources for grizzly bear.
View more on our upland forest habitat restoration program..

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