That's the latest preservationist plan, because there's only 1800 or so of them in the lower 48. So they want to have at least 6000 of them. All here in the west, of course.
The Center for Biological Diversity is petitioning the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to institute its newly released plan to triple the grizzly bear population in the United States.
"All remaining populations are isolated, especially Yellowstone. Yet the science is clear that, if we're serious about recovering grizzly bears, we need more populations around the West, and more connections between them, so they don't fall prey to inbreeding and so they have a chance of adapting to a warming world. If we want these incredible bears around for centuries to come, we've still got a lot of work left to do."
Yes, Global Warming. It's always a great excuse, (although NOAA's recently-released report notes that temperatures in the USA during the past year were the coldest since 1996). Never mind that there are thousands of grizzlies ambling around Canada and Alaska, we need more down here. It's really a great idea, and since the CBD is based in Tucson, Arizona, that seems like the best place to give their plan a trial run.
If it works out down there in the Tucson area, maybe we can move some of the bears to, say, Aspen.