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Montana governor forms Grizzly Bear Advisory Council

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Want to help Montana determine the proper way to manage grizzly bears? Then apply for the newly established Grizzly Bear Advisory Council. Yesterday, Governor Steve Bullock announced the formation of the council, which will “help initiate a statewide discussion on grizzly bear management, conservation, and recovery,” according to a Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks (MFWP) press release.

“The recovery of grizzly bears in the Northern Continental Divide and Greater Yellowstone ecosystems is a great conservation success. Still, official federal delisting has yet to come to fruition,” Bullock wrote in a memo to MFWP Director Martha Williams.

“Legal uncertainty has created a void requiring our leadership,” wrote Governor Bullock. “As bears continue to expand in numbers and habitat, we must identify durable and inclusive strategies to address current issues and prepare for the future. This advisory council represents a key step toward Montana embracing the tremendous responsibility and opportunity of long-term Grizzly Bear recovery and management.”

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According to the press release, those on the newly established council would need to examine strategic objects like:

  • Maintaining and enhancing human safety;
  • Ensuring a healthy and sustainable grizzly bear population;
  • Improving timely and effective response to conflicts involving grizzly bears;
  • Engaging all partners in grizzly-related outreach and conflict prevention; and
  • Improving intergovernmental, interagency, and tribal coordination.

“We’re excited to work with this advisory council, and we see this as a great opportunity to find a way forward that reflects the values and needs of Montana as it relates to grizzly bear management,” said Williams. “A council that is inclusive in its composition will allow for the balanced discussion we need to have.”

According to MFWP, Governor Bullock wants a good mix of community members on the council. So if you’re a livestock producer, a wildlife enthusiast, a member of a conservation group, a hunter, a community leader, a Tribal Nation representative or a outdoor industry professionals, consider throwing your name into the hat. Click here for more information on the application process.

The deadline to apply is April 12.

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