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FWP Seeks Comment On Grizzly Bear Agreement

Fish & Wildlife

Friday, July 31, 2009

Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks is seeking public comment on a proposed agreement among neighboring states on the shared management of grizzly bears in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem.

The proposed agreement defines the process by which the states of Montana, Idaho and Wyoming could develop annual quota recommendations if they seek to establish grizzly bear hunting seasons. None of the states are considering hunting season at this time. The agreement is aligned with the Grizzly Bear Conservation Strategy for the Greater Yellowstone Area and state management plans.

The overall conservation strategy, which was developed by state and federal scientists and managers, includes area-wide caps on grizzly bear mortalities, intensive monitoring of Yellowstone bears, their food, and their habitats.

Yellowstone grizzly bears were removed from the federal endangered species list in 2007. Grizzly numbers in the Yellowstone ecosystem have increased from as few as 136 bears when they were listed as threatened in 1975, to more than 500 bears today.

For more information, visit FWP online at  fwp.mt.gov. Click Recent Public Notices and search for 2009 Grizzly Bear MOU. Comments are due by 5 p.m. on Aug. 12. Send comments to Grizzy Bear MOU,  Wildlife Division, Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks, P.O. Box 200701, Helena, MT  59620-0701, or via e-mail to fwpwld@mt.gov.