Montana seeks to end protections for Glacier-area grizzlies
The request announced Monday comes after bear populations grew in recent years and run-ins between humans and bruins increased. That includes attacks on livestock and periodic maulings of humans.
Gov. Greg Gianforte says removing federal protections would give state wildlife officials more flexibility to deal with conflict bears.
Northwest Montana has the largest concentration of grizzlies in the Lower 48 states, with more than 1,000 bears across an area that includes Glacier National Park. Wildlife advocates said giving the state more control could lead to overhunting.
A legal petition to lift protections across northern Montana will be filed following a Dec. 14 meeting of state wildlife commissioners, said Fish, Wildlife and Parks spokesperson Greg Lemon. The commission would be in charge of any future hunting season for grizzlies.