State wants to demonstrate its commitment to the grizzly’s long-term recovery.
Grizzlies have attacked at least three others in the western U.S. this spring. (Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks)MISSOULA, Mont. — Work to restore grizzly bears to the North Cascades Ecosystem has been stopped by Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke’s office, a national parks official told a Montana newspaper. But Zinke spokeswoman Heather Swift told The Associated Press Tuesday that Zinke did…
“I thought, ‘Please don’t let this be real. I don’t want to die like this.”’
Hunting is part of the states’ grizzly management strategy. But details have yet to be worked out and state officials have consistently said any hunts would be limited to a small number of bears so as not to endanger the overall population.
A month later, Wyoming man still on the mend.
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…
Hunting would help the region’s economy, allow states to better manage the animals and improve public safety, group’s members say.
Both eventually escaped on their horses.
A grizzly bear like this one was shot illegally by a Wyoming hunter in 2017. A large male grizzly bear was captured this past weekend west of Dupuyer, Mont., and euthanized on Monday after consultation with the U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The capture operation was conducted by specialists from Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks and the USDA Wildlife…
KALISPELL, Mont. — Montana wildlife authorities say a man shot and killed a grizzly bear after it ran out of some brush and bit his adult son’s arm. The father and son were hunting black bears near the Hungry Horse Reservoir when the bear attacked. Authorities say the men didn’t see the bear until it was about 12 feet away. The father…
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.
In 2016, Wyoming recorded 223 cases of conflicts between grizzly bears and humans outside Yellowstone and Grand Teton national parks and the Wind River Indian Reservation. It was by far the highest number of conflicts among the three states in the Yellowstone ecosystem. Montana had 118, and Idaho just two last year.
This year in Montana, grizzly bears have shown up in places they haven’t been for decades, maybe even more than a century.
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…
HELENA, Mont. — A grizzly bear feasting on an elk carcass charged a bowhunter in Montana and attacked him, slashing a 16-inch cut in the man’s head that required 90 stitches to close. “The bear just flat-out charged us,” said Tom Sommer, as he recovered in a Montana hospital earlier this week. He said it closed the 30-foot distance in…
Idaho, Montana and Wyoming are planning limited public hunting of the region’s roughly 700 bears, although no hunts are expected this year.
ANCHORAGE, Alaska — An Alaska master hunting guide has been charged with using assistants on snowmobiles to herd grizzly bears toward clients, making it easier for hunters to shoot the animals. Brian Simpson, 55, of Fairbanks, also is charged with guiding on a national preserve without a permit. Simpson’s company is Wittrock Outfitters-Alaska. Messages left with the business were not returned. Online…
Order reverses 2014 re-classification by U.S. wildlife officials for 40-50 bears of the Cabinet-Yaak bear population under the federal Endangered Species Act.
Hunters will soon be sharing the landscape with bears that may be stalking similar prey.
After no grizzly sightings in perhaps a century, a third sighting in Montana’s northern Big Belt Mountains
As grizzly bear numbers in the western half of Montana – from the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem in the southwest, to Northern Continental Divide population – continue to increase, their range is expanding.
But not much is expected to immediately change as a result of the handover of management to the various states.
The plaintiffs are 17 tribes, clans and individuals from Montana, South Dakota, North Dakota, Wyoming, Arizona, New Mexico and Canada, with two more tribes from Nebraska and South Dakota being added.
Groups include Northern Cheyenne Tribe, Center for Biological Diversity and Sierra Club; say decision to lift grizzly bear protections this summer is flawed because it only involves Yellowstone grizzlies rather than West as a whole.
With the two males killed Monday, it was the farthest grizzly bears have been seen east of the Rocky Mountain Front in more than a century.
The rule impacts grizzly bears in Grand Teton and Yellowstone national parks and the 20 million acre ecosystem, which includes Idaho, Montana and Wyoming.
Anchorage authorities said four young people were hiking in woods when three of them were injured after encountering the bear and two young cubs. They were taken to a hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. The fourth youth wasn’t injured.