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Bull bison in Yellowstone National Park
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Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks has proposed closing a popular, crowded bison hunting area near Yellowstone National Park to non-Indian hunters, and is taking public comment on the idea.

Grizzly bear.
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BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Wildlife officials have blamed a pair of grizzly bears in the fatal mauling of a Wyoming hunting guide on Friday, marking the seventh suspected fatal attack by a grizzly in the Yellowstone region since 2010. More than 700 grizzlies live in the region that includes portions of three states around Yellowstone and Grand Teton national parks. The animals were removed from the federal list of threatened species last year. Public hunting for grizzlies was scheduled to start this month in Wyoming and Idaho. But it has been delayed by a federal judge.

Grizzly bear. File photo.
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The first grizzly bear hunt in Wyoming and Idaho in more than 40 years has been delayed until at least the end of the month while a federal judge in Missoula decides if Yellowstone-area grizzlies should be removed from the endangered species list.


  A couple of commercial guide and outfitter permits that have been dormant for several years are being re-activated on the Helena-Lewis and Clark National Forest.

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