Acquisitions, Trades & Leases
Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks (FWP) proposes to purchase in fee title approximately 320 acres of timbered grasslands and wetland habitat west of Bynum, Montana, for addition to the existing 10,397-acre Blackleaf Wildlife Management Area (WMA). The purchase and management of this property would protect important year-round grizzly bear habitat, as well as winter range for elk and mule deer. The property is within Rocky Mountain Grizzly Bear Management Area of the Northern Continental Divide Ecosystem (NCDE). The NCDE is a designated recovery zone for grizzlies by the US Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS 1993) and important monitoring area for the species. As of 2013, there are approximately 250 grizzlies residing and using the Rocky Mountain Front area, of which 20-30 annually use the WMA for forage, breeding, and a movement corridor to adjacent areas.