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The North Cascades Ecosystem spans the border between the state of Washington and British Columbia, Canada. The North Cascades Grizzly Bear Recovery Area is one of the largest contiguous blocks of federal land in the Lower 48 states, encompassing approximately more than 9,000 square miles within north-central Washington. The area includes all of the North Cascades National Park, and most of the Mount Baker-Snoqualmie and Wenatchee-Okanogan National Forests.
According to the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service publications, the ecosystem is capable of supporting a self-sustaining population of grizzlies, but only a small population remains. The Interagency Grizzly Bear Committee (2013) population estimate concludes that fewer than 10 grizzlies exist within the North Cascades on the U.S. side of the border. The best available information on the North Cascades grizzly bear recovery efforts is found on the the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service’s website.