Grizzly bears

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…

Grizzly attacks men hunting black bears in Montana

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…

More grizzly bears roaming outside national parks in Wyoming

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.

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…

Alaska hunting guide charged with herding bears to clients

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…