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.
Chance of encounters becoming more likely as sport of mountain biking takes off in many communities around Montana and as state’s grizzly bear population continues to expand.
Timeline for publishing final rule for delisting the grizzly reportedly unclear, in part because of the transition of presidential administrations and reviews at U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
Since coming under the protection of the Endangered Species Act, grizzlies have steadily expanded their habitat outward from the population’s core in Yellowstone National Park.
Federal wildlife officials are considering removing protections for grizzlies in and around Yellowstone National Park. This resolution would take that further and seek to declassify bears in the Northern Continental Divide Ecosystem and the Cabinet-Yaak area, as well.
The National Park Service and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service are considering four options, including taking no action.
Plan offers 4 options for restoring animals in the state
American Indian tribes, conservation groups and some scientists tying up a decision on lifting protections for more than 700 grizzlies