Biologists and wildlife advocates cite science to drive Grey’s plan

Laura Lundquist (The Missoula Stream) More than two dozen organizations and scientists have offered critiques of Montana’s proposed grizzly bear management plan, hinting at obstacles that might hinder the delisting. With three days left until the closing of the comment period on the state’s grizzly bear management plan proposed by the Gianforte administration, 27 organizations … Read more

Groups are suing the USDA Missoula Wildlife Service over grizzly deaths

Laura Lundquist Three wildlife groups are suing the federal government over its failure to consider how grizzly populations in Montana have been affected by intentional bear removal, particularly in contact lanes outside major recovery areas. On Wednesday, three organizations — WildEarth Guardians, Western Watersheds Project and Trap Free Montana — sued the USDA Wildlife Service … Read more

Governor Gianforte demands a new plan for managing the wolves

Laura Lundquist (Missoula stream) In a somewhat unusual move, the governor of Montana is directing Fish, Wildlife and Parks to rewrite the state’s wolf management plan. On Thursday, Governor Greg Gianforte sent a letter to FWP Director Hank Worsech asking him to “work with the citizens of Montana to put together a new Wolf Plan.” … Read more

The Condon easement adds to wildlife conservation efforts

Laura Lundquist (present-day Missoula) Thanks to a new partnership, another 30 acres will be saved for wildlife in the Swan River Valley. On Thursday, Vital Ground, a land trust that prioritizes grizzly bear habitat, announced that an easement has been placed on 30 acres of forested wetland surrounding Condon Creek along Highway 83 in Swan … Read more