Hunting of Grizzlies May Soon Return To MTU.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Bear Hunting Magazine
Grizzly bear hunting in Montana could soon be a reality based on a report by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. A draft conservation plan to manage the bruins in northcentral and western Montana was released last Friday. The process to remove grizzlies from the list of federally protected animals could begin as soon as next year (2014). Grizzlies in this area have been listed as threatened since 1975.
The new plan, as outlined, could allow for regulated grizzly bear hunting in designated areas within a 110,636 square-mile section (27,338,696 acres) of Montana, including Glacier National Park, the Bob Marshall Wilderness Complex and the Rocky Mountain Front.
The current grizzly population in Montana stands at more than 1,000. Based on studies, the population increases by more than 3% each year. The hunting model proposed would aim to maintain a population of at least 800 bears.