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Gov. Steve Bullock announced today he is forming a Grizzly Bear Advisory Council. The goal is to spur discussion on grizzly management, conservation, and recovery across the state.

Greg Lemon with Montana Fish Wildlife and Parks says the new Council is a chance to rethink grizzly bear management in the face of changing populations.

Students at Corvallis High School practice participating in a public comment meeting for grizzly bear management.
Nick Mott / Montana Public Radio

A new Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks initiative aims to engage kids in the public comment process through video cameras, computers, and grizzly bears.

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

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.”

Groups Intend To Sue Over New Wyoming Grizzly Hunt Law

Feb 20, 2019
Grizzly bear, file photo.
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CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Environmental groups have filed notice they intend to sue over a new Wyoming law that could authorize grizzly bear hunting even though grizzlies are federally protected.

The Wildlife-Human Attack Response Team at the site of a grizzly bear attack north of Columbia Falls, MT.
Courtesy Anders Broste.

Bears attack people in northwest Montana a few times a year. That’s enough for medical professionals and wildlife managers to have developed a special protocol that’s part treatment, part forensics to ensure both parties recover.

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Two Montana-based environmental groups Monday announced they’re preparing to sue the U.S. Forest Service and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service over the recently enacted Flathead National Forest Plan.

Swan View Coalition and Friends of the Wild Swan say the new management plan violates the Endangered Species Act by increasing road building in sensitive habitat for grizzly bears and bull trout. They plan to file their lawsuit if the agencies don’t act within the next 60 days.

Despite the government shutdown, U.S. Forest Service supervisors last week signed a new management plan for the Flathead National Forest, along with amendments that standardize grizzly bear management for the Lolo, Kootenai and Helena-Lewis and Clark National Forests.

Grizzly bear at Swan Lake Flats in Yellowstone National Park.
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The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Friday filed notice to appeal restored Endangered Species Act protections for Yellowstone-area grizzly bears granted by a federal judge in Missoula in September.

MTPR's Nick Mott reports on the government’s challenge to a decision that blocked the first hunts of the animal in decades.

Hunter with a rifle.
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Wildlife managers on the Flathead Reservation are seeking information on two grizzly bear shootings in October, and offering a reward for it. The two female bears were found in mid-October. A federal investigation is ongoing.

Vital Ground and Yellowstone to Yukon's land purchase protects 52 acres abutting the Clark Fork River and an Interstate 90 bridge, safeguarding wildlife movement under the highway and between the Ninemile and Bitterroot mountains.
Herrera (courtesy Vital Ground)

Two Montana conservation groups purchased a plot of land that could help establish safe passage for grizzly bears in a dangerous but crucial corridor for the spread of the species in Western Montana.

Vital Ground Foundation and the Yellowstone to Yukon Conservation Initiative acquired 52 acres that could allow grizzlies and other wildlife to cross from the Ninemile area west of Missoula into the Bitterroot mountains.

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