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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.

Grizzly bear track.
Jim Peaco (PD) / National Park Service

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.

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 bear track.
Jim Peaco (PD) / National Park Service

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.

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.

Bull trout
flickr/USFWS Headquarters

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service proposed changes to the Endangered Species Act Thursday that it says will streamline efforts to protect species and habitat. Critics say the changes would severely erode the law.

Grizzly Bear Committee Delays Vote On NCDE Conservation Strategy
IGBC

Wildlife managers are laying the groundwork to remove federal Endangered Species Act protections for grizzly bears in and around the Continental Divide in northwest Montana later this year.

On Tuesday, the Interagency Grizzly Bear Committee’s executive committee was expected to vote on a so-called Conservation Strategy. But the vote was delayed to give members more time to consider public comments.

Grizzly bear.
Gregory Smith (CC-BY-SA-2)

Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks is offering up to $2,000 for information about a grizzly bear shooting death north of Libby. 

Arctic grayling
Mark Conlin, USFWS


Four years ago the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service concluded that Arctic grayling in Montana don’t warrant Endangered Species Act protection. Now, it’s asking for public input on its strategy to work with the state and private landowners to protect the last native population of the fish in the lower 48 states.

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

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — U.S. wildlife officials have released a recovery plan for an estimated 1,000 grizzly bears in Montana — the largest grizzly population in the lower 48 — as they lay the groundwork to potentially lift protections for the animals.

The habitat plan released Thursday includes limits on motorized travel, recreational sites and livestock grazing.

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