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Grizzly bear.
(PD)

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Montana wildlife officials are releasing new details about last month's bear attack against a government researcher.

Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks officials said Amber Kornak surprised a grizzly after walking within 12 feet (4 meters) of the bear in the Cabinet Mountains on May 17.

Grizzly Bear Committee Delays Vote On NCDE Conservation Strategy
IGBC

Wildlife managers are laying the groundwork to remove federal Endangered Species Act protections for grizzly bears in and around the Continental Divide in northwest Montana later this year.

On Tuesday, the Interagency Grizzly Bear Committee’s executive committee was expected to vote on a so-called Conservation Strategy. But the vote was delayed to give members more time to consider public comments.

Bear Management Units (BMUs) in the NCDE Primary Conservation Area. BMU subunits are outlined in light gray.
Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks

The Interagency Grizzly Bear Committee is getting together this week for their bi-annual meeting about grizzly bear management in northwest Montana.

Members will vote on a conservation strategy that outlines how federal, tribal and state managers can maintain a recovered, genetically diverse population in the Northern Continental Divide Ecosystem. The two-day meeting begins Tuesday in Polson.

A sign in Missoula warning that bears inhabit the area.
Josh Burnham

It’s been a busy spring for Montana wildlife officials dealing with bear incidents.

A grizzly bear died Monday after eating pesticides in an open garage in north-central Montana. State wildlife officials say the sub-adult female had been seen with a sibling in the area northwest of Great Falls in the days before it died. The 143-pound bear died within hours of ingesting the chemicals.

Grizzly bear track.
Jim Peaco (PD)

Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks responded to a report of a dead grizzly bear in the Coram area of Flathead County on Saturday. The male grizzly bear was estimated to be approximately two and a half years old. More details have not been released while the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is conducting an investigation into the death.

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