Public Invited to Open Houses on Proposed Alternatives for Grizzly Bear Restoration in North Cascades Ecosystem

Photo credit Crystal Brindle Public comment period open through March 14, 2017 SEDRO WOOLLEY, Wash. – The National Park Service (NPS) and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) invite the public to participate in a series of informational open houses regarding the proposed alternatives for the restoration of grizzly bears to the North Cascades Ecosystem. […]

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Conservation Strategy Revised by Yellowstone Ecosystem Subcommittee

CODY, WY – The Yellowstone Ecosystem Subcommittee (YES) of the Interagency Grizzly Bear Committee (IGBC) held its fall meeting in Cody, Wyoming on November 16 & 17, 2016. The main focus was the completion and acceptance of the revised Conservation Strategy by the committee partners. According to YES Chair Mary Erickson, “The final version of […]

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Partnership position advances bear education in southwest Montana

by Marina Richie The grizzly rolls toward five people pointing training (inert) bear spray canisters at the bear. They press their triggers down for two full seconds, while onlookers cheer them on. Danielle Oyler is pleased. “Most people follow directions and spray the two seconds and then stop,” she says. “Some do discharge the whole […]

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Forest Service Temporarily Closes Bear Creek Access in Madison Range

Ennis, MT., Oct. 3, 2016 – Due to recent bear activity and encounters, Forest Service officials have temporarily closed trails and the area surrounding Bear Creek that leads into the Lee Metcalf Wilderness. “We are closing this area to provide for the safety of our visitors,” said Madison District Ranger Dale Olson. Currently, the MT Fish, […]

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Yellowstone Grizzly Bear Delisting Rule Peer Reviews Posted

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Posts Yellowstone Grizzly Bear Delisting Rule Peer Reviews DENVER – The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) has received five independent peer reviews on the Yellowstone grizzly bear population proposed delisting rule. The peer reviewers all agree that the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem (GYE) grizzly bear population is biologically recovered and […]

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Grizzly Bear Monitoring in Western Centennial Mountains Begins for 2016

ISLAND PARK – As part of ongoing efforts required under the Endangered Species Act to monitor the distribution of grizzly bears in the Yellowstone Ecosystem, the Idaho Department of Fish & Game (IDFG) is working to inform the public that pre-baiting and scientific trapping operations are once again beginning in the Upper Snake Region. IDFG […]

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Use a Refill Device for Practice Bear Spray Canisters

Why Use a Refill Device for Practice Bear Spray Canisters? Practice Makes Perfect! Bear spray can save lives. Practicing with inert bear spray gives people in bear country a safe way to train for a potential charge. The dilemma is the cost of buying multiple cans of inert bear spray (ranging from $15-$25 per can). […]

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Grizzly Bear Recovery Leadership Meets June 21 -23

MISSOULA – The Interagency Grizzly Bear Committee (IGBC), the multi-agency committee responsible for coordinating the recovery of grizzly bears in the continental United States and adjacent Canadian Provinces will be taking their annual summer meeting to the North Idaho. The IGBC will be meeting at the Kootenai River Lodge in Bonners Ferry, Idaho, starting on […]

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