By Brett Haverstick, Friends of the Clearwater Education & Outreach Director
On Thursday, April 6, Friends of the Clearwater is teaming up with the University of Idaho Environmental Law Society, The Wildlife Society - UI Chapter, and the Palouse Environmental Sustainability Coalition to sponsor a panel discussion about the potential delisting of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem grizzly bear population and the social, cultural, ecological, and legal considerations.
Carnivore policy expert Louisa Willcox, University of Idaho professor emeritus of wildlife biology Dr. Jim Peek, Wilderness Watch attorney Dana Johnson, and Nez Perce Tribe member Levi Holt will be on the panel. Someone from the Idaho Department Fish & Game may serve on the panel, too.
The event will take place at the University of Idaho College of Law, 875 Perimeter Drive, in Moscow. Sandwiches and chips will be served starting at 5:30 p.m., and the panel discussion will begin at 6 pm.
If you are interested in learning more about the historical, cultural, and ecological significance of the “Great Bear,” I recommend visiting the site grizzlytimes.org. I consider it to be perhaps the best place on the web to learn more about imperiled grizzly bears and the wild ecosystems in the West that sustain them.
Friends of the Clearwater is a grassroots advocacy group that works to protect the public wildlands, wildlife, and waters in the Clearwater basin of beautiful north-central Idaho.