In the early 1800s, 50,000 grizzly bears roamed the lower 48. By 1922, even after decimation by European settlers, 37 separate populations remained. But by 1975, all but six of those populations were wiped out. Currently, an estimated 1200–1400 grizzlies populate six separate recovery zones in Washington, Idaho, Montana and Wyoming. For perspective, Alaska alone is home to 32,000 browns today.
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