Contrary to KFBB’s published report, there are in fact more than 30 grizzly bears in the wild.
The inaccurate report states: “Grizzly bears are endangered and with a struggling population of 30 bears left in the wild…”
So that means there are only this many grizzly bears left in the wild!
Obviously, that’s beyond ridiculous. There’s probably 30 grizzly bears wandering around in Cascade County alone!
Let’s see what a minute of Googling will reveal:
According to MT FWP: The Northern Continental Divide Ecosystem (NCDE) of western Montana…is believed to have the largest population in the lower 48 states. It is estimated from a 2004 DNA study that there are over 700 bears in the ecosystem.
According to Wikipedia: In Canada, there are approximately 25,000 grizzly bears occupying British Columbia, Alberta, the Yukon, the Northwest Territories, Nunavut and the northern part of Manitoba.
According to BearLife.org: Grizzly bear population has declined to about 1200 in the continental U.S. (lower 48 states) and they are only found in limited areas of Montana, Wyoming, Idaho, and Washington. About 31,000 grizzlies live in Alaska. About 21,000 are in western Canada.