Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks (FWP) developed the original grizzly bear management plan and programmatic environmental impact statement for grizzly bear management in southwest Montana in 2002. The management plan and Environmental Impact Statement was effective for a ten year period (2002-2012). Since development of that plan the Final Conservation Strategy for the Grizzly Bear in the Greater Yellowstone Area has been published (2007) and numerous policies and Montana Codes have been adopted, altered, or removed relative to grizzly management. This draft environmental impact statement works from the standards and commitments within the strategy providing state specific information or guidance where appropriate.
FWP has statewide goals for most wildlife resources. This plan specifically deals with the goals for managing grizzly bear resources in southwestern Montana. These goals are:
- To provide the people of Montana and visitors with optimum outdoor recreational opportunities emphasizing the tangible and intangible values of wildlife, and the natural and cultural resources in a manner that:
- Is consistent with the capabilities and requirements of the resources,
- Recognizes present and future human needs and desires, and,
- Ensures maintenance and enhancement of the quality of the environment.
- To protect, perpetuate, enhance, and regulate the wise use of wildlife resources for public benefit now and in the future.
- To manage for a recovered grizzly bear population in southwestern Montana and to allow for grizzly populations in areas that are biologically suitable and socially acceptable.