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Governor's Grizzly Bear Advisory Council

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Grizzly bear populations continue to expand in Montana, including into some areas that they have not occupied for decades. There are also more people living, working and recreating in bear country, which means that management challenges and conflicts are increasing in some places, prompting a need for timely solutions. In April 2019, Montana Governor Steve Bullock called for a Grizzly Bear Advisory Council (GBAC) to address these challenges and to help set a long-term vision for bear management and conservation in Montana. He felt that a citizen council, comprised of people that hold diverse viewpoints, was the best approach for finding balanced recommendations. Over 150 people applied, and 18 were appointed to serve as volunteer council members.

The Council will be tasked with considering broad strategic objectives, such as:

  • Maintaining and enhancing human safety
  • Ensuring a healthy and sustainable grizzly bear population
  • Improving timely and effective response to conflicts involving grizzly bears
  • Engaging all partners in grizzly-related outreach and conflict prevention
  • Improving intergovernmental, interagency, and tribal coordination
The latest on the GBAC:
Past Meetings

Date

Location

Agendas

Minutes/Video

Presentations

October 2019

East Helena

Agenda

» Minutes

» October presentations

November 2019

Bozeman

Agenda

» Minutes

» Video: Day 1
» Video: Day 2

» November presentations

December 2019

Missoula

Agenda

» Minutes

» December presentations

January 2020

Polson

Agenda

» Minutes

» Emerging Ideas and Recommendations

» January presentations

February 2020

Libby

Agenda

» Minutes: TBA

» Emerging Ideas

» February presentations

March 2020

Remote Video Conference

Agenda

» Video: Day 1
» Video: Day 2

» First Draft of Skeletal Framework

N/A

April 9, 2020

Remote Video Conference

Agenda

» Video: Part 1
» Video: Part 2

» April 9 presentations

April 17, 2020

Remote Video Conference

Agenda

» Video

» April 17 presentations

April 24, 2020

Remote Video Conference

Agenda

» Video

» April 24 Presentations

May 11-13, 2020

Remote Video Conference

Agenda

» Video: Day 1
» Video: Day 2
» Video: Day 3

» May 11-13 Presentations

May 26, 2020

Remote Video Conference

Agenda

» Video

» Vision Discussion Summary

N/A

June 8-9, 2020

Helena and Remote Video Conference

Agenda

» Video: Day 1
» Video: Day 2

» Draft Ideas & Recommendations (6/6/20)

N/A

July 21-22, 2020

Helena and Remote Video Conference

Agenda

» Video: Day 1
» Video: Day 2

» Consolidated DRAFT Recommendations (7/17/20)

» Consolidated DRAFT Recommendations (7/24/20)

N/A

NOTE: The Council will review all public comments on the July 17 and July 24 versions of this document at the same time. If you commented on the July 17 version and have a similar comment to share regarding the July 24 version, there is no need to resubmit your comment

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Application Process

To apply to be a member of the Grizzly Bear Advisory Council, you will need to fill out the Application Form and the Supplemental Questions found below. Both documents can be emailed to Stacy Otterstrom in the Governor’s office at boards@mt.gov.

The deadline for submitting these two documents is April 12, 2019.

The application materials can also be found at boards.mt.gov.