F&G Commission approves agreement with Wyoming and Montana to manage grizzly bears
By angelamontana

Posted: December 22, 2021
Grizzly population in Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem met recovery goals in the early 2000s

Idaho Fish and Game Commission on Dec. 16 approved an updated “Memorandum of Agreement” between Idaho, Wyoming and Montana regarding state grizzly bear management commitments in support of delisting the bears in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. Wyoming and Montana’s commission have also approved the MOA.

The MOA defines the process by which the three states will “coordinate the management and allocation of discretionary mortality of grizzly bears in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem to ensure the long-term genetic health, viability, and sustainability of the GYE grizzly bear population.”

The MOA updates a similar 2016 agreement by adding language to protect genetic diversity within the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem by moving at least two grizzly bears from outside the GYE into the GYE by 2025, unless migration from outside the ecosystem is detected in the interim.

Read more from By Roger Phillips, Public Information Supervisor on the Idaho Fish and Game Commission website HERE.

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