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Grizzly bears on verge of official recovery in Montana

Grizzly bears are expanding their range in the West. (Kim Keating / U.S. Geological Survey)
Grizzly bears are expanding their range in the West. (Kim Keating / U.S. Geological Survey)

THREATENED SPECIES -- As wildlife officials put their finger to the wind on the potential for restoring grizzly bears to the North Cascades, Montana is getting ready to claim Endangered Species success.

National forests in Montana prepare for delisting of grizzly bears
The grizzly bear population in the Northern Continental Divide Ecosystem in Northwest Montana has been increasing by 4 percent annually for the past decade, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is working on a plan to remove federal protections from that population of bears, and on Friday, the five national forests in that area of Montana released a draft forest plan amendment to ensure that personnel in the Flathead, Lolo, Bitterroot, Lewis and Clark and Helena national forests are all on the same page for grizzly bear management.
-- Missoulian



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