Press Release Sep 10, 2020

Glacier and Yellowstone Grizzly Bear Connectivity, Conservation Supported by Montana Council

Recommendations include restoring connections between Yellowstone and Glacier national park grizzly bears and ensuring communities are better prepared to live with bears. 

MONTANA – The Montana Governor’s Grizzly Bear Advisory Council released its final grizzly bear management recommendations today.

The Council’s vison of “a fully recovered grizzly population in the four recovery zones located in Montana and landscapes in-between that accommodate grizzly bear presence and connectivity while maintaining the safety and quality of life for those that live, work, and play in Montana” could serve as the foundation of a statewide grizzly bear management plan.

Statement by Sarah Lundstrum, Glacier Program Manager for the National Parks Conservation Association

“Individuals from ranchers and timber companies to conservationists and hunters on the Governor’s Grizzly Bear Advisory Council developed recommendations that balance creating space for grizzly bears with ensuring Montana’s working lands continue to thrive.

"The National Parks Conservation Association commends the Council for developing practical recommendations that prevent conflicts on the landscape, help restore the connection between the grizzlies of Yellowstone and Glacier national parks, and ensure communities are better prepared to live with bears. We must now work together to ensure state and federal agencies and communities have the necessary tools and resources to implement these recommendations to ensure grizzly bear conservation becomes a success story in Montana

"Montanans can and must create a sustainable, adaptable, lasting future that meets the needs of individuals from all walks of life as well as important wildlife including grizzly bears.”

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About the National Parks Conservation Association: Since 1919, the nonpartisan National Parks Conservation Association has been the leading voice in safeguarding our national parks. NPCA and its nearly 1.4 million members and supporters work together to protect and preserve our nation’s most iconic and inspirational places for future generations. For more information, visit www.npca.org.