Linkage Zones

Is it possible for grizzly bears to move from one recovery ecosystem to another?

A “linkage zone” is a biological corridor that connects habitat between two isolated subpopulations of animals. The ability of individual animals to move across complex landscapes is critical for maintaining regional populations and for species to shift their geographic range in response to climate
change and the expansion of human development.

Habitat fragmentation is one of the issues complicating the conservation of grizzly bears and many other species of wildlife. Cooperation and coordination between public land managers, fish and game agencies, private landowners, and state and federal transportation agencies is required to maintain linkage zones that work for wildlife. The IGBC supports this cooperation and coordination. Maintaining linkage opportunities will benefit all wildlife species and will help assure healthy populations of the wildlife species we all value.

The following publications address the issue of grizzly bear linkage zones.