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Grizzly Bears

By Liam Knutson – 8 years old, Larkspur, Colo.

First of all, grizzly bears have bounced back from near extinction. By 1975, the Grizzly population had fallen below 140, now 41 years later that number has increased to about 700.

Second of all, grizzly bears still face many challenges in the wild. The loss of important food sources is one. There are fewer trout and elk. The good news is that grizzly bears are adaptable.

Last, but not least, conservationists say that grizzly bears will need to be protected to prevent over hunting. States will need to come up with a good conservation plan. In conclusion, grizzly bears will need a lot of help to prevent extinction.

A grizzly bear sow and her cubs make their way through the spring snow in Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming. © Chase Dekker | Dreamstime.com

What Valentine’s Day Means To Me

By AR, 6th Grader at Alta Vista Elementary/Intermediate School

Valentine’s day is when you love someone, for example, your mom and dad, your grandparents, your siblings, or your boyfriend.

It also means to me when you like someone and on Valentine’s, you tell them that you like them. You can also give them chocolate or gifts like teddy bears.

What does Valentine’s Day mean to you?

Drawing by Lyanna, Alta Vista 6th grader