publication . Other literature type . 2009

The Bear Facts: Implications of Whitebark Pine Loss for Yellowstone Grizzlies

Willcox, Louisa;
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  • Published: 22 Jun 2009
  • Publisher: DigitalCommons@USU
  • Country: United States
Abstract
Whitebark pine is a foundation species, and barometer of the health of high elevation forests ecosystems in the West. It provides food and cover for numerous wildlife species, including the Clark’s nutcracker, crossbill, grosbeak, red squirrel and chipmunk. Whitebark pine is particularly important in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem (GYE), where it provides an essential food source for the imperiled Yellowstone grizzly bear. We will review the current scientific knowledge about the relationship between Yellowstone grizzlies and whitebark pine seeds, and examine the implications of the collapse of whitebark pine. High-fat whitebark pine seeds are important for f...
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free text keywords: Environmental Sciences, Forest Sciences
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