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US Approves Sheep Grazing Research In Grizzly Bear Area

Sep 6, 2018
A sheep research flock at U.S. Sheep Experiment Station
USDA (PD)

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A federally-run sheep experiment station in eastern Idaho long targeted by environmental groups will resume grazing sheep in the Centennial Mountains of Idaho and Montana next year.

The U.S. Sheep Experiment Station will open on 25 square miles (65 square kilometers) of sheep station land and 5 square miles (13 square kilometers) of U.S. Forest Service land, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said.

A record number of grizzly bears are being killed by cars as they roam the roads in and around Glacier National Park in northwestern Montana. At the same time, they're causing an unprecedented amount of damage to crops and livestock.

File photo: A grizzly bear sow and cub in Yellowstone National Park.
Jim Peaco - National Park Service (PD)

 Updated 7:00 p.m. 08/30/18

Grizzly bear hunts in Wyoming and Idaho scheduled to begin Saturday were temporarily halted by a federal judge in Missoula Thursday.

U.S. District Court Judge Dana Christensen issued a temporary restraining order on the hunt after refraining to rule from the bench yesterday on removing Yellowstone area grizzly bears from the endangered species list, as some were expecting.

As fall approaches, tribal and state wildlife officials are reminding Montanans to be bear aware and secure any attractants that might lead to trouble between people and bears.

A meeting in Arlee Tuesday, co-sponsored by The Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes (CSKT) and the conservation group People and Carnivores, focused on reducing conflicts between the growing population of grizzly bears — and people — in the Mission Valley.

Grizzly bear with cubs.
(PD)

Two more grizzly bear deaths have been reported in the Northern Continental Divide Ecosystem (NCDE),  according to Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks.

Agency spokesman Dillon Tabish says one of the bears, an adult female, was killed on U.S. Highway 2, outside East Glacier last week.

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