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Grizzly bear range expansion debated in Idaho

A 430-pound male grizzly bear was trapped, tranquilized and fitted with a GPS collar north of Nordman, Idaho, on June 21, 2014, by U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service researchers. (Alex Welander / U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service)
A 430-pound male grizzly bear was trapped, tranquilized and fitted with a GPS collar north of Nordman, Idaho, on June 21, 2014, by U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service researchers. (Alex Welander / U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service)

WILDLIFE -- Should grizzly bears be relocated to the Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness?  

Idaho ponders the possibility.

Idahoans face decisions on just where they want to see grizzly bears

There are an estimated 700 grizzly bears roaming the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem, and next year the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will again propose removing federal protections for those bears and transferring management authority to the state. The move will again meet resistance. On the other hand, the federal agency has been petitioned to reintroduce bears in the Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness in Central Idaho, a move the state wildlife agency has said it will resist.

--Idaho Statesman




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Rich Landers
Rich Landers joined The Spokesman-Review in 1977. He is the Outdoors editor for the Sports Department writing and photographing stories about hiking, hunting, fishing, boating, conservation, nature and wildlife and related topics.

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