Friday, May 28, 2004
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 RestaurantSeeley Lake—June 24, Senior Citizen’s Center