The request, if granted, would open the door to public hunting of grizzlies in Montana for the first time in three decades.
Glacier National Park
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Public hunting of the animals could occur at some point in the future if federal officials move forward with plans to remove the population’s threatened species protections. No hunting plans have been crafted, but officials said if a hunt were to occur it would be constrained by the population objectives that were endorsed Thursday.
As bears continue to move further into the prairie and remake their home in their historical territory, it’s up to both the agencies and the residents to prevent conflicts.
The mountainous ecosystem along the Canadian border has about 1,000 bears. The population has more than doubled since 1993, and biologists say the bears now occupy at least 22,000 square miles.