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BOZEMAN, Mont. (AP) — Three hunters were injured in two separate grizzly bear attacks in the same area of southwestern Montana less than 12 hours apart, wildlife officials said.

Bear spray is an effective deterrent against attacking bears if it's used correctly, according to Montana Fish, Wildife and Parks.
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A Montana bear safety organization has just released a new guide explaining how to properly deploy and use bear spray. The group says the new guide is the result of their "deep concern" that the general public is getting a lot of misinformation about bear spray. Not everyone agrees with that assessment.

Conflicts between grizzly bears and humans in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem are on the rise as more bears return to their historic range. The Montana Bear Education Working Group is trying to teach people how to reduce encounters and stay safe.

Grizzly bear stock photo.
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ENNIS, Mont. (AP) — Wildlife officials say a teen survived a bear attack with relatively minor injuries in southwestern Montana.

Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks say it was likely a grizzly bear that attacked the 17-year-old south of Ennis Sunday. Morgan Jacobsen of FWP says the teen was visiting Montana from Utah.

Grizzly bear in Yellowstone National Park.
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Grizzly bears are just starting to emerge from hibernation in Yellowstone National Park.

Park spokesperson Linda Veress says the first grizzly sighting of the year occurred last Friday when, “Visitors observed a large grizzly bear between Canyon Village and Fishing Bridge. And additionally, grizzly tracks were reported between Mammoth Hot Springs and Norris Junction on Monday, March 11.”

The Interagency Grizzly Bear Committee says bear spray is one of the best ways to prevent or end a bear attack.
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Montana’s wildlife agency is being asked to consider requiring hunters to carry bear spray while hunting in Western Montana.

Missoula’s Mike Bader say too many Montana hunters don’t carry bear spray and he believes the time has come to make it mandatory.

The Interagency Grizzly Bear Committee says bear spray is one of the best ways to prevent or end a bear attack.
Courtesy Interagency Grizzly Bear Committee

Government agencies that manage grizzly bears have been reviewing their bear spray recommendations. And they’ve agreed to a few clarifications. The Interagency Grizzly Bear Committee (IGBC) says bear spray is one of the best ways to prevent or end a bear attack.

The IGBC, however, stops short of making specific product endorsements in its educational materials.

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Relatively mild winter weather is bringing out the bears in Yellowstone National Park.

Park spokesman Al Nash says the first report of grizzly bear activity was confirmed late Monday afternoon.

The bears usually emerge from hibernation in early March.

They're hungry when leaving their dens and looking for an easy meal; namely, the carcasses of winter-killed animals.

Grizzly bear in Yellowstone National Park.
U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service

Grizzly bears in the Yellowstone ecosystem are close to losing their endangered species status.

Chris Servheen says that population is healthy, robust and ready for that transition.

Servheen is the Grizzly Bear Recovery Coordinator for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

He and other members of an Interagency Grizzly Bear Management subcommittee met yesterday in Bozeman to discuss the status of Yellowstone grizzly bears.