Grizzlies

Wyoming considers hunt for ‘fringe’ grizzlies

Wyoming officials want to reduce the population of the state’s grizzly bears found on the fringes of their range, outside areas with federal restrictions on hunting. The Wyoming Game and Fish Department is considering a 12-animal hunt on the fringes of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. “We would be using hunting to reduce the population,” said Dan Thompson, who serves as…

Idaho takes step toward grizzly hunting season

BOISE, Idaho — Idaho officials have started the process of opening a grizzly bear hunting season this fall that would allow the killing of one male grizzly. The Fish and Game Commission in a 7-0 vote directed the Department of Fish and Game to gather public comments on the possible hunt. The department will use those comments to draft a possible…

Zinke supports restoration of grizzlies in North Cascades

SEATTLE — The federal government intends to restore grizzly bears in the remote North Cascade Mountains of Washington state, a goal that represents “the American conservation ethic come to life,” Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke said Friday. Zinke made the announcement during a visit to North Cascades National Park’s headquarters in Sedro-Woolley, about 75 miles north of Seattle. The Department of…

Yellowstone grizzly lawsuits to proceed as hunt looms

(Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks)BILLINGS, Mont. — A federal judge says lawsuits from environmentalists and American Indians who want to restore protections for Yellowstone-area grizzly bears can move forward. U.S. District Judge Dana Christensen on Tuesday denied a request by the Interior Department to put the lawsuits on hold. Attorneys for the agency had argued they needed time to review…

Montana study aims to reduce grizzly-livestock encounters

POLSON, Mont. — A University of Montana graduate student is partnering with Indian tribes to study how effective electric fences are in protecting poultry and livestock from grizzly bear attacks. The Missoulian reported Saturday that the study will explore whether electric fencing changes the way grizzlies move through the populated Mission and Flathead Valleys. Student Kari Eneas and the Confederated…

More groups sue to restore Yellowstone grizzly protections

A grizzly bear like this one was shot illegally by a Wyoming hunter in 2017. HELENA, Mont. — Three more conservation groups are suing to restore federal protections to grizzly bears living in and around Yellowstone National Park. The complaint filed Wednesday by Alliance for the Wild Rockies, Western Watersheds Project and Native Ecosystems Council brings the total number of…