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grizzly bears

Grizzly bear track.
Jim Peaco-NPS (PD)

On Thursday, a federal court in Missoula is expected to decide if the Yellowstone grizzly bear will stay on the endangered species list. If the court upholds the federal government’s decision to delist the bear, a grizzly hunt will begin September 1 in Wyoming and Idaho.

Sign for the Rising Sun area in Glacier National Park.
Glacier National Park (PD)

WEST GLACIER, Mont. (AP) — Glacier National Park officials have deployed a game camera and empty "decoy" tent at a popular campground to watch for a bear that's believed to have torn into an unoccupied tent.

Park officials say an animal ripped through the side of the tent at Rising Sun Campground on Friday and pulled out bedding and pillows. Hair samples and a scat pile believed to be from a bear were found at the scene.

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

Yellowstone National Park officials today said the bear that attacked a 10-year-old boy near Old Faithful yesterday was a grizzly. They also said they don’t plan to pursue or trap the bear.

The last bear attack in the park was in 2015, when a grizzly killed and partially consumed a hiker. In that case, the bear was trapped and euthanized.

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.
(PD)

Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks officials killed a grizzly bear along the Marias River on Monday. They’d been tracking the bear since it was shot by an area resident on July 26.

Grizzly bears.
Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks

A grizzly bear cub was euthanized today after being orphaned July 27 when its mother and two siblings were killed in a car crash. Wildlife managers say they spent 11 days searching for a suitable facility to take the cub, but found none.

The 7-month old cub weighed 34 pounds. Biologists say a cub-of-the-year is unable to survive on its own.

Grizzly bear track.
Jim Peaco-NPS (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.

A culvert trap designed to capture grizzly bears.
Nick Mott / Montana Public Radio


A male grizzly bear shot and wounded south of Shelby two weeks ago continues to elude federal and state wildlife experts attempting to trap it.

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.

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