Greater Yellowstone Grizzlies Considered for Removal
Grizzly bears in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem are being considered for removal from the endangered species list because the population has grown to about 700 animals. As that population has grown, grizzlies have moved into terrain where they haven’t been seen for more than 50 years – places like along the Beartooth Face north and south of Red Lodge. Last year hunter encounters with grizzly bears in the GYE was up, as were grizzly bear deaths either from running into hunters or being removed for killing cattle. With the archery and upland bird seasons in full swing, and with a grizzly bear now chasing archery hunters off an elk kill in the Wisdom area, it’s good to remember to buy, carry and know how to use bear spray.
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(written by Brett French-Outdoors Editor for the Billings Gazette)