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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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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Yellowstone National Park wants you to carry bear spray

May 25, 2016 Yellowstone National Park wants to increase the number of people carrying bear spray through a new engaging, celebrity-filled campaign called “A Bear Doesn’t Care.” Whether you are a hiker, backpacker, angler, photographer, wolf watcher or geyser gazer, the campaign encourages you to carry bear spray – no excuses! “A bear doesn’t care […]

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Non-Resident Bear Hunters Mistakenly Kill Grizzly Bear

Photo of informational postcard by Center for Wildlife Information ISLAND PARK – On the evening of May 5th, a father and son from California were hunting for black bear in Idaho near the Continental Divide above Henrys Lake. The fifteen-year-old son mistakenly shot and killed a nine-year-old male grizzly bear. Upon returning to their family […]

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Coexisting with Grizzly Bears Near Red Rocks Lakes NWR

For grizzly bears in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem, connecting to larger populations of bears in the West is key to long-term survival. Biologists at Red Rock Lakes National Wildlife Refuge in southwest Montana are working with landowners and partners to ease the bears’ passage while reducing causes of human-bear conflict. The effort to improve human […]

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