The following is from the Great Falls Tribune:
The grizzly population in northwestern Montana is growing at 3 percent a year, and a management plan is needed before the bear can be removed from threatened species status might go out for public review by the end of the year.
Last year, there were 941 grizzlies in the Northern Continental Divide Ecosystem, according to Rick Mace, leader of a team tracking the population trend of grizzlies in the ecosystem.
That is up from the 765 bears found in 2008 by fellow researcher Kate Kendall, who counted bears based on DNA testing of hair samples collected at scratching sites.
In 2009, there were 913 bears in the Northern Continental Divide Ecosystem, a region the size of Maryland and Delaware combined that includes Glacier National Park and the Bob Marshall Wilderness Complex.
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Source: Great Falls Tribune
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