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Group petitions for grizzly reintroduction in Selway-Bitterroot

Associated Press

An advocacy group has petitioned the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to reintroduce grizzly bears into the Selway-Bitterroot area of Idaho and Montana.

The Center for Biological Diversity said Thursday that it hopes to revive a stalled recovery plan for the animals that was finalized in 2000.

The group says having bears in the Selway-Bitterroot would help connect grizzlies in Yellowstone National Park with other populations of the animals in Montana and Idaho. It says the 16-million-acre area could support 300 to 600 bears.

An earlier petition from the group called for grizzly recovery across a seven-state area that included the Selway-Bitterroot. Center for Biological Diversity attorney Andrea Santarsiere says the group is considering legal action after that petition was denied in September.

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