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Grizzly Bear Scoping Meeting Dates Set

Friday, May 28, 2004

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Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks will hold a series of public meetings in June to identify grizzly bear management issues and alternatives.  

In 2003, FWP completed a review of the management program for grizzlies in southwestern Montana in the area around Yellowstone National Park. The agency is now developing plans for the federally-recognized Northern Continental Divide Ecosystem, the Cabinet/Yaak Ecosystem, and portions of the Bitterroot Ecosystem in Montana, as well as lands between these ecosystems. 

Grizzly bear management issues include: human safety; habitat and restrictions on human use of grizzly bear habitat; population monitoring; trails and roads; livestock conflicts; research and more.

Potential grizzly bear management alternatives include: maintaining current programs, attempting to speed up the recovery of the grizzly, and prioritizing ecosystems for recovery efforts.

The public meetings are from 7 to 9 p.m. at:

Eureka—June 1, Lincoln Electric Meeting Room

Kalispell—June 2, FWP Headquarters, 490 North Meridian Road

Libby—June 3, Venture Inn, 443 Hwy 2 West

Thompson Falls—June 7, Sanders County Courthouse Third Floor

Missoula—June 8 at the Doubletree Hotel, 100 Madison Street

Hamilton—June 9 at Daly-Leach Memorial Chapel, 1010 W Main

Helena—June 10 at FWP Commission Meeting Room, 1420 East Sixth Avenue

Great Falls—June 21, Fish, Wildlife & Parks Regional Headquarters, 4600 Giant Springs Road

Choteau—June 22, Stagestop Inn, 1005 Main Avenue North

Lincoln—June 23, Lambkin’s Restaurant

Seeley Lake—June 24, Senior Citizen’s Center