MTPR

Northern Continental Divide Ecosystem

Grizzly bear.
(PD)


  The public comment period for a new rule for the management of grizzly bears by Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks begins on Friday, August 24. 

Grizzly bear track.
Jim Peaco (PD)

The Montana Fish and Wildlife Commission has set official goals for the number of grizzly bears in the Northern Continental Divide Ecosystem if the animal is taken off the endangered species list, as is expected later this year.

Grizzly bear recovery zones, distributions, and distinct population segments.
Interagency Grizzly Bear Committee

The Montana Fish & Wildlife Commission will consider a rule Thursday for maintaining a healthy number of grizzly bears in the Northern Continental Divide Ecosystem, in anticipation of the animal being taken off protections under the endangered species list.

Bear food storage sign from a campground in the Kootenai National Forest.
Josh Burnham


There are new “food storage orders” on the Helena-Lewis and Clark National Forest, and that means forest users will face new citations for improper handling of animal attractants.

Bear Management Units (BMUs) in the NCDE Primary Conservation Area. BMU subunits are outlined in light gray.
Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Montana wildlife officials are proposing to maintain the largest grizzly bear population in the Lower 48 states at its current level of about 1,000 animals even if the population loses its federal protections.

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