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UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 16, 2019, 4:36 p.m.

Back-scratching grizzly spotted north of Upper Priest Lake

You know the feeling. When your back itches, you’ve gotta scratch it.


Search unsuccessful for injured grizzly involved in fourth mauling

A grizzly bear that attacked an Ohio archery hunter on Tuesday was apparently injured when the man fired several rounds from a handgun, according to a Montana Fish, Wildlife & …


As grizzly bears increase their range in the region, big bruins spotted near Schweitzer

Grizzly bears have been spotted near Idaho’s Schweitzer Ski Resort this summer, a first for the big bruins in Idaho’s Selkirk range.


Another hunter mauled by grizzly in southwestern Montana

A fourth hunter has been injured by a grizzly bear in less than 10 days in the Gravelly Mountains in southwestern Montana.


UPDATED: Fri., July 26, 2019, 9:50 a.m.

After an abrupt halt, the process that would bring grizzly bears back to North Cascades National Park is back on

Grizzly bears may yet roam the Washington Cascades, after a pair of federal agencies unexpectedly announced Thursday they would reopen the process of considering how reintroduction might happen.


When camping this summer, be bear aware or pay the price

Campers heading into the hills should remember to store their food and waste in bear-proof containers this summer.


UPDATED: Tue., June 4, 2019, 9:48 p.m.

Idaho officials kill grizzly bear near Bonners Ferry

Idaho officials killed a young adult male grizzly bear in Copeland, Idaho, north of Bonners Ferry, on Saturday.


Grizzly bears push into lowland areas as legal fight drags

Grizzly bears are spreading into new areas of the U.S. Northern Rockies, expanding from remote wilderness and into farmland amid a legal fight over proposed hunting.


UPDATED: Wed., May 15, 2019, 3:12 p.m.

Tribes seek ban on public hunting of revered grizzly bears

Native American leaders pressed lawmakers in Congress Wednesday to adopt permanent protections for grizzly bears, a species widely revered by tribes but that has been proposed for hunting in Wyoming …


UPDATED: Wed., Dec. 26, 2018, 1:54 p.m.

Environmental groups threaten to sue Forest Service over bear baiting in Idaho and Wyoming

A coalition of environmental groups is threatening to sue the U.S. Forest Service for allowing black bear hunters in Idaho and Wyoming to hunt over bait stations.


Grizzlies spreading into Washington

As Montana grizzly bears have pushed beyond their usual mountain strongholds into the Bitterroot and Judith Basin areas, Washington state residents got a surprise visit this fall from a 476-pound …


Tests confirm grizzly bears involved in Wyoming attack

Forensic testing has confirmed that the grizzly bears killed by Wyoming wildlife managers are the ones involved in the mauling death of a hunting guide last week.


UPDATED: Fri., Aug. 31, 2018, 3:20 p.m.

Judge halts Saturday’s grizzly hunts in Wyoming, Idaho

A federal judge on Thursday temporarily blocked the opening of the first public grizzly bear hunts in Wyoming and Idaho in more than 40 years, as he considers whether the …


UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 29, 2018, 5:51 p.m.

Judge to decide whether grizzly bear hunts resume in Rockies

A judge is expected to make a ruling this week on whether the first grizzly bear hunting season to be held in the Lower 48 states in more than four …


Eli Francovich: Grizzly bear near Silverwood inspired fear, but wild animals ought to be afraid

The young grizzly bear raiding chicken coops and chasing sheep in North Idaho this week inspired plenty of awe for those watching the bear’s antics. And the bear inspired a …


UPDATED: Sun., July 29, 2018, 4:58 p.m.

Study confirms that grizzly bears long inhabited North Cascades

A National Parks Service report confirms that grizzly bears long inhabited the North Cascades.


UPDATED: Sat., July 28, 2018, 4:43 p.m.

Yaak portion of Pacific Northwest Scenic Trail pits backpackers vs. grizzlies

The future of a national scenic trail through northwest Montana’s most isolated grizzly bear country has wildlife and recreation experts tangled in a messy debate.


House votes to block money to bring grizzlies back to North Cascades

The federal government would be barred from spending money to move grizzly bears into Washington’s North Cascades in the coming fiscal year, under an amendment approved Thursday by the U.S. …


Mike Bader: Aiming at the heart of the grizzly

Broken promises, disrespect and outright lies. These are at the heart of the Trump administration blitzkrieg against environmental laws across the nation. We saw it again at the recent Interagency …


Annemarie Prince and Candace Bennett: We can share the outdoors with bears

With warmer weather comes the long-awaited summer outdoor recreation season. It also means that bears once again roam the landscape. Washington has a very healthy black bear population statewide. In …


Idaho wildlife officials approve limited grizzly bear hunt

The Idaho Fish and Game Commission on Thursday approved a limited hunting season for grizzly bears in eastern Idaho just a year after the animals were removed from the Endangered …


U.S. won’t restore Yellowstone grizzly bear protections

U.S. officials will not restore federal protections for Yellowstone-area grizzly bears, despite a court ruling that called into question the government’s rationale for turning management over to states that are …


Zinke supports restoration of grizzlies in North Cascades

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke says the federal government is moving forward with plans to restore grizzly bears in the remote North Cascade Mountains of Washington state.


Idaho moves ahead with possible grizzly bear hunting season

Idaho officials have started the process of opening a grizzly bear hunting season this fall that would allow the killing of one male grizzly.


Grizzly bears spotted along Rocky Mountain Front

State wildlife officials say grizzly bears have begun leaving their dens along the Rocky Mountain Front.


UPDATED: Sat., Feb. 17, 2018, 4:03 p.m.

Citing risks, Montana says no to 2018 grizzly hunting season

Montana’s Fish and Wildlife Commission decided Thursday to skip a 2018 grizzly bear hunting season, citing pending lawsuits and a wish to move cautiously as the species nears recovery.


Montana won’t allow Yellowstone grizzly bear hunts in 2018

Montana won’t hold a grizzly bear hunt in 2018 after state officials said Thursday they want to avoid complicating lawsuits over the animal’s legal status.


UPDATED: Wed., Dec. 6, 2017, 9:34 p.m.

U.S. to review ended protections for Yellowstone grizzly bears

U.S. officials said Wednesday they’ll review the recent lifting of protections for Yellowstone-area grizzly bears in light of a court ruling that retained protections for gray wolves in the Great …


UPDATED: Thu., Nov. 30, 2017, 9:39 p.m.

Biologists: Grizzly numbers hold steady around Yellowstone

Grizzly bear numbers in and around Yellowstone National Park are holding relatively steady, according to figures released Thursday, as state wildlife officials begin discussions on whether to hold the first …


UPDATED: Sat., Nov. 25, 2017, 8:21 p.m.

NRA, hunting group say grizzly bear hunts needed for safety

The National Rifle Association and a sport hunting group want to ensure their members can hunt grizzly bears in the three-state region around Yellowstone National Park after the animals lost …