FWP is seeking public comment on a draft plan and environmental impact statement to guide the long-term management and conservation of grizzly bears across the state.
The plan was informed by existing bear plans and conservation strategies for parts of the state, the federal recovery plan and the work of the Grizzly Bear Advisory Council, appointed by then-Gov. Steve Bullock in 2019.
The new plan would replace two existing plans – those for western Montana and for southwest Montana – with one statewide plan in which FWP commits to maintaining the long-term viability of grizzly bears while prioritizing human safety. The statewide plan will serve as a framework for the management of grizzly bears now and into the future.
Statewide Grizzly Bear Management Plan - Draft EIS Executive Summary (PDF)
Grizzly Bear Plan FAQ (PDF)
Deadline: Comments must be received by February 4, 2023