Biologists are set to begin capturing grizzly bears in the Custer Gallatin National Forest south of Gallatin Gateway as part of ongoing population monitoring required under the Endangered Species Act.
The notice alleges that new laws expanding trapping could lead to unintentional injuries and killings of grizzlies and lynx, which are both listed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act.
The Interagency Grizzly Bear Committee meets virtually on Wednesday and Thursday, bringing together land and wildlife managers from Montana, Idaho, Wyoming and Washington.
“The changes to Idaho and Montana state law will drive populations below these minimum thresholds, and strip state agencies of their already limited capacity to maintain populations above these levels,” the petition says.
Management of grizzly bears has long been debated in Montana and neighboring states of Idaho and Wyoming.
“I would like our issues to transcend politics, because I think they apply to everyone," said Martha Williams, principal deputy director at U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
The resolution calls on Montana’s congressional delegation to pass legislation exempting the delisting from judicial review.
Currently, black bears may only be hunted via spot-and-stalk hunting in the state during spring and fall seasons.
Opponents of the bill cautioned that it came with a number of unintended consequences.
A decade after Montana resumed state management of wolves, including hunting and trapping seasons, management and legislation continues to be controversial.
Wildlife advocates on Thursday asked a federal court to overturn a U.S. government decision that stripped Endangered Species Act protections for wolves across most of the nation.
A conservation group has filed a federal lawsuit against the U.S. Forest Service over what it said was underestimated impacts to grizzly bears from “widespread illegal road use” in Helena-Lewis and Clark National Forest.
Conservation groups filed a lawsuit Monday challenging the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's decision to withhold Endangered Species Act protection from wolverines in the lower 48 states.
A Fish and Wildlife Service proposal scheduled to be published Wednesday would protect the whitebark pine tree as a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act.
Wildlife advocates and environmental groups have announced that they are challenging the removal of federal protections for gray wolves across most of the U.S.
The 2020 election offers an opportunity to jumpstart the wolf's expansion southward into the heart of the Rocky Mountains. A Colorado ballot initiative would reintroduce wolves on the state's Western Slope.
Trump administration officials on Thursday stripped Endangered Species Act protections for gray wolves in most of the U.S.
U.S. wildlife officials rejected special protections for a rare, freshwater fish that's been at the center of a long-running legal dispute, citing conservation efforts that helped increase Arctic grayling numbers in a Montana river.
The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals issued a ruling on July 8 on the litigation over the 2018 delisting of the Yellowstone grizzly bear populat…
Grizzly bears in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem have not reached the requirements to lose their federal protection and a federal agency moved too fast in delisting them, according to a new court ruling
Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Oregon, recently introduced a bill (S.3684) adding $10.6 billion more to the U.S. Forest Service budget. Combined with the $…