Yellowstone National Park

Yellowstone National Park

Grizzlies Making Strong Comeback In Yellowstone

January 24, 2011, 11:44 am

Grizzly bear numbers are up at Yellowstone National Park, which means that encounters between bears and humans are also up.

The Yellowstone Ecosystem Subcommittee met today in Bozeman to discuss recovery numbers. It's a group made up of state and federal agencies that oversee wildlife in the areas in and around Yellowstone.

Current estimates put the grizzly population at more than 600 for the first time since it was put on the endangered species list. Wildlife experts are concerned that with elk season here, higher bear numbers mean that there is more of a chance for people to run into bears. Montana wildlife officials say that they like the fact that so many more people are enjoying all that the state has to offer in terms of outdoor recreation but that enjoyment has to keep bears in mind.