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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:
Upcoming Meetings





Nov 13-14, 2019

FWP Region 3 Office

1400 South 19th, Bozeman


Dec 4-5, 2019

University of Montana, Missoula

More specific location info to follow


Lunch will be provided for Council members, and light refreshments for meeting observers.

* There will be an opportunity for public comment each day. Please see the agenda for more detail.

NOTE: Agendas with a general outline of topics and times will be posted soon.

Links and Resources:
Montana Outdoors articles:
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

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

The application materials can also be found at