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Interview with Preston about conflicts between grizzlies and humans�two grizzlies put down this morning. Preston explains what he means by more people, more bears, and shrinking landscapes�reduced by fragmentation or reduction of usable habitat for grizzly bears. Preston says increased exurban sprawl, expanding recreation by more people, increased energy development, and forest change through beetle kill and wildfire created by recent climate change. Preston says some of the grizzly bears' key food sources are diminishing, like white bark pine, Yellowstone cutthroat trout wiped out by non-native lake trout in Yellowstone Lake. Preston corrects the official count: 740 bears now...from 136 when listed. He says the people who are concerned about delisting are looking at the food sources. Preston says the grizzlies have met recovery goals. Says there are good arguments to delist, and logical to keep bears on Endangered Species list. Says management has been a success. Says it is a tragedy that a human died, and a tragedy that the bear was put down. Says the management agencies have to consider euthanization when there is a bear that has attacked or fed on a human. Says it is a double tragedy. Says we are responsible to do everything we can to avoid those conflicts...says if we have to continue euthanizing bears, then delisting is in jeopardy.

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