All hunters involved were able to drive away after the attacks.
USFWS says the bear crossed into Idaho last August, but wildlife officials captured it and sent it back to Montana.
Run-ins with bears are happening in agricultural areas where the fearsome animals hadn’t been seen for decades, raising tensions in communities over the grizzly’s status as a federally protected species in the U.S. outside Alaska. They now occupy almost 27,000 square miles, a range that has grown 34 percent in the past decade.
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.
Master hunting guide from Alaska has license revoked for life, receives 60-day suspended jail sentence, fined $65,000 with $30,000 suspended, and gets year of probation.
Montana officials have adopted a plan to maintain the largest grizzly population in the Lower 48 states at roughly current numbers if the animal is removed from the threatend species list.
Man who was elk hunting told authorities he shot the bear after it approached his hunting camp three different times. However, investigators found only one set of bear tracks outside the camp and determined that it wasn’t a case of self-defense.
Park biologist spotted grizzly bears feeding on carcasses of three elk, at least one that was killed by a hunter.
Mostly lower-than-average hunter numbers and harvest success in second weekend, with grizzly sighting and reminder for hunters to be bear aware.
The hunter and his partner were in the Beattie Gulch area and surprised a sow and cub at very close range. The sow charged.
As bears become more common in prairie creek bottoms and brush rows, encounters with bird hunters become more frequent as well.
States need to be allowed to manage burgeoning bear populations.
Ruling nixes planned hunts in Wyoming and Idaho this fall.
JACKSON, Wyo. — Wyoming officials have trapped and killed two grizzly bears they believe killed a hunting outfitter and injured his client. Wyoming Game and Fish Department regional supervisor Brad Hovinga said Sunday the grizzlies that were killed matched the description of those that killed 37-year-old outfitter Mark Uptain. Uptain’s body was found Saturday in the Teton Wilderness east of…
Up to 23 bears could be killed in the hunts planned in Wyoming and Idaho. Judge already delayed them once, in an order that came two days before grizzly season was set to open Sept. 1.
“We will now await further information about whether the bears will remain under state management or if they go back to federal management.”
Judge declines to issue quick ruling, says he will issue a decision as quickly as possible, but did not say whether he would rule before Saturday, when Wyoming and Idaho have bear hunts scheduled to begin.
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.
Even after having just finished hibernating, the bear was well over 600 pounds. A grizzly will typically lose more than 25 percent of its weight during hibernation, meaning it would have gained at least another 150 pounds by fall.
It’s the 20th bear to join the region near the Montana-Idaho border under an augmentation program that began in 1990.
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.
Idaho residents have until July 15 to apply. The drawing for the hunting tag is planned for early August.
Hunter from Pennsylvania; another grizzly dies from eating pesticides in north-central Montana.
In Wyoming, it marked the second time in recent weeks that a female grizzly with cubs was killed in the state.
The decision follows months of public meetings and discussions.
KALISPELL, Mont. — Wildlife officials say a field assistant on a government grizzly bear study suffered serious injuries when she was attacked by a bear while working in a remote northwestern Montana mountain range. Amber Kornak, a Grizzly Bear Wildlife Technician for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS), was seriously injured in what is being called a surprise attack…