FWS seeking comment on grizzly location sites
November 18, 2021
All proposed relocation sites are located within current grizzly bear distribution and occupied habitat and are located both inside and outside of designated recovery zones.
According to the SB337, FWP will not relocate a grizzly bear that is in conflict and captured outside of a designated recovery zone, although the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service or their agents may. The new statute doesn’t preclude the Fish and Wildlife Service from relocating a bear to any suitable release site.
The list proposed by the Fish and Wildlife Commission is only for FWP grizzly bear relocation efforts.
Grizzly bears may be relocated for a variety of reasons, including to avoid conflict, population augmentation, such as in the Cabinet-Yaak Recovery Zone, or for the purpose of genetic exchange. Many more sites are proposed than will be used. However, it is important to have many alternatives as specific sites may not be available at the time a bear needs to be relocated.
The list of potential sites includes a mix of sites that have been used historically, and new sites.
For more information, including maps of the proposed sites, and to comment, click here. Comments can also be submitted in writing to FWP Wildlife Comments, P.O. Box 200701, Helena, MT 59620-0701 and by email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Comments will be accepted until 5 p.m. Monday, November 22, with final adoption at the December 2021 commission meeting.
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