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when crafting your comment for the Grizzly Delisting rule on the Federal Register. Comments are most likely to be recognized when based on scientific fact, and supported by references.

If any of these documents support your comments, attach them with your submission.

Grizzly Bears

  • IGBST Grizzly ConservationStrategy (link)
  • Interagency Grizzly Bear Committee Food Synthesis Report (link)
    • This document claims Yellowstone grizzlies can adapt to losses of important food sources such as cutthroat trout and whitebark pine nuts. It has been widely challenged.
  • IGBST Grizzly Bear Guidelines (for relocation, “removal,”, etc.) (link)
  • 2013 Grizzly Bear Investigations Report (link)
  • Wyoming Grizzly Bear Management Plan (link)
  • 2020 Grizzly Bear Relocation, Capture, and Removal Report (link)



  • National Elk Refuge Bison and Elk Management Plan  (link)
  • Bridger-Teton National Forest Alkali Creek Feedground Decision (link)
  • 2020 Draft Chronic Wasting Disease Plan (link)


  • 2014 Report, Human-Large Carnivore Conflicts in Wyoming (link)
  • Wyoming Aggressive Animal Management Guidelines (link)
  • U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service 2016 National Survey of Fishing, Hunting, and Wildlife-Associated Recreation (link)

Grizzly Bears

  • Linkage zones between grizzly bear populations (link)
  • Paper on the biological issues of moving a grizzly during hyperphagia (link)
  • The economics of roadside bear viewing (link)


  • Tools for co-existence: fladry corrals efficiently repel wild wolves (Canis lupus) from experimental baiting sites (link)
  • Wolf recovery in Yellowstone: Park visitor attitudes, expenditures, and economic impacts (link)
  • Wolf Species Resistant to Prion Disease (link)
  • Climate affects which elk that wolves kill (link)


  • The role of predation as disease control in Chronic Wasting Disease (link)
  • Grand Teton National Park elk hunt and dysfunctional agency decision making (link)

Management Practices

  • Working constructively toward an improved North American approach to wildlife management (link)
  • The elephant (head) in the room (link)
  • Killing for fun(ds): The centerpiece of agency interactions with wildlife (link)
  • Large carnivores under assault in Alaska (has implications for predator management in Wyoming) (link)
  • Quantifying the contribution of conservation easements to large landscape conservation (link)
  • Support for the U.S. Endangered Species Act over time and space: Controversial species do not weaken public support for protective legislation (link)

Predator-Prey Relationships

  • What is an apex predator? (link)
  • Debate on predator-prey relationships (link) & (link)
  • Trophic cascades from wolves to grizzly bears in Yellowstone (link)
  • Weak spatiotemporal response of prey to predation risk in a freely interacting system (link)

Grizzly Bears

  • The Short Life and Unnecessary Death of Grizzly 760, WWA special report (link)
  • Government data confirm that grizzly bears have a negligible effect on U.S. cattle and sheep industries (link)


  • The Problem of State Wildlife Management Institutions (link)

Wildlife Management

  • Wildlife Conservation Management Funding, 2014 (link)


  • Wolves and Human Well-Being: Ecological and Public Health Concerns (link)


  • USGS CWD Research Nov 2019 (link)

Myths circulated about wolves and the science that busts them

  • Interview with Dr. Adrian Treves, founder of the Carnivore Coexistence Lab at the University of Wisconsin – Madison. He discusses predator population management and the high rates of poaching in the United States, the ineffectiveness and dubious legality of wildlife killing contests, regulatory mechanisms for keeping the wolf off the endangered species list, and what can be done to improve human and wild carnivore interactions.
  • Interview with Dr. David Mech, one of the foremost experts on wolf biology and behavior with 60 years studying wolves in the wild. Dispells and debunks some of the most common myths.


  • Myth: The wolves that were introduced from Canada are a much larger subspecies than the wolves that historically inhabited the Northern Rockies in the U.S.
  • Fact: Wolves of the Northern Rockies and the wolves that were captured from Alberta are the same species. There can sometimes be differences in sizes of an animal based on geographic location with larger species being found further north, but the difference between wolves in Alberta, Canada and the wolves historically found in the Northern Rockies is negligible. Link confirming this.  Listen to Dr. Doug Smith speak on this topic.


Action Documents

  • Guide for writing a letter to an editor (link)
  • WWA Comments on the WY Draft Grizzly Bear Management Plan (link)
  • Talking points for Montana Grizzly Council (link)
  • Petition to restore grizzlies to the Selway-Bitterroot (link)
  • Petition to restore grizzlies to available habitat throughout the West (link)


  • Common myths regarding grizzly bear management (link)
  • Draft Wyoming Grizzly Bear Management Plan (link)
  • Tri-State Grizzly Agreement (link)
  • Why grizzlies should remain endangered (link)
  • Wyoming Grizzly Bear Management Plan (link)
  • U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Biological Opinion on the Assessment of Livestock Grazing on the Northern Portions of the Pinedale Ranger District (link)
  • 2007 Interagency Grizzly Conservation Strategy (link)
  • NRDC Alternative Grizzly Recovery Plan (link)

Grizzly Bear Monitoring

  • Grizzly Bear Distribution in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem – 2014 Update (link)
  • 2013 Report of the Interagency Grizzly Bear Study Team Yellowstone Investigation (link)
  • Grizzly Bear Management Captures, Relocations and Removals in Northwest Wyoming – 2012 Report (link)
  • Linkage zones between grizzly bear populations (link)
  • Grizzly habitat map and summary of issues (link)

General Grizzly Fact

  • Yellowstone Grizzly Bear Facts (link)
  • The economic value of grizzly bears (link)
  • Reducing Hunter-Grizzly Bear Conflicts (link)


  • Greater Yellowstone Coalition vs. Wyoming legal case (link)
  • 2015 legal case challenging federal agency liability exemptions for killing four grizzlies in Grand Teton (link)


  • Sierra Club Press Release – 2016 Wyoming CWD Map (link)
  • Wyoming Chronic Wasting Disease Map 2016 (link)
  • CWD map sources (link)
  • More CWD map sources (link) and (link)
  • Press Release CWD Maps May 2019 (link)
  • Wyoming Deer Hunt Area Map 2019 (link)
  • Wyoming Elk Hunt Area Map 2019 (link)


  • Camp Creek Feedground Essay (link)
  • Camp Creek Feedground Images (Page 1Page 2Page 3)
  • Detailed Q&A on elk feeding and migration – what happens when elk feeding ends (link)
  • WWA comments to the National Elk Refuge on step-down plan for feeding and environmental assessment (link)
  • Letter from Montana Fish, Wildlife, and Parks Commission requesting Wyoming to begin to phase out feedgrounds (link)

Alkali Feedground:

  • Alkali Feedground Proposed 5-year Permit scoping letter from the Bridger-Teton National Forest (link)
  • Bridger-Teton National Park Alkali Creek Feedground Decision (link)
  • WWA, Sierra Club Wyoming Chapter, Western Watersheds Project, and Gallatin Wildlife Association scoping period comments for Alkali Feedground permit to continue feeding for an additional 10 years (link)

CWD Surveilance

  • University of Minnesota Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy (link)
  • Prion Research Center – Colorado State University (link)
  • National Prion Disease Pathology Surveillance Center – Case Western Reserve University (link)

CWD Management/Working Group

  • Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies Best Managment Practices for Prevention, Surveillance, and Management of CWD (link)
  • Wyoming Game & Fish Commission CWD Powerpoint (link)
  • Sierra Club/WWA Comments on 2016 Draft CWD Plan (link)
  • Sierra Club/Western Watersheds Project/Wyoming Wildlife Advocates Recommendations to the Wyoming CWD Working Group June 2019 (link)
  • Wyoming CWD Working Group Recommendations to the Wyoming Game and Fish Department (link)
  • Wyoming CWD 2019 Working Group Recommendations Interim Report (link)

Health Concerns connected to CWD

  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (link)
  • Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy (link) 
  • Chronic Wasting Disease in Cervids: Implications for Prion Transmission to Humans and Other Animal Species (link)
  • CWD risks to humans can’t be dismissed, health experts say (link)
  • Frequently asked questions about CWD from the Centers for Infectious Disease Research and Policy (link)

Other information

  • Alliance for Public Wildlife The Challenge of CWD: Insidious and Dire (link)
  • United States Geological Survey Response to Chronic Wasting Disease Fact Sheet (link)
  • Imperfect pasture: The way forward for the good of our elk herd by Bruce Smith, Ph.D. (link)
  • CWD FAQs (link)
  • Infographic: How carnivores can help stop the spread of chronic wasting disease (link)

Grizzly Bears

  • Why grizzlies should stay endangered (link)
  • The economic value of grizzly bears (link)

Wildlife Diseases

  • Environmental writer Todd Wilkinson on whether bison or elk are more likely to spread brucellosis (link)
  • Predators and chronic wasting disease: A complex dynamic (link)
  • If you eat game meat, will it eat your brain? by Dr.  (link)


  • NPCA on the National Park Service’s decision to allow hunting on private “inholdings” in Grand Teton National Park (link)
  • Trophy hunting is not conservation (link)
  • Letter from Grand Teton NP to Wyoming Game and Fish Department concerning jurisdiction over inholdings. (link)
  • Oral arguments in the appeals case (link)

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