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LibbyMt.com > News > August 2016 > Grizzly bear relocated into Cabinet Mountains


Into the wild. Photo by Debbie Lepo.
Into the wild
Photo courtesy Debbie Lepo, Forest Service LEO with the Kootenai National Forest.

Coming out. Photo by Debbie Lepo.
Coming out
Photo courtesy Debbie Lepo, Forest Service LEO with the Kootenai National Forest.

Grizzly bear release. Photo by Debbie Lepo.
Grizzly bear release
Photo courtesy Debbie Lepo, Forest Service LEO with the Kootenai National Forest.
Grizzly bear relocated into Cabinet Mountains
Part of on-going grizzly bear population augmentation program
August 17, 2016

Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks released a young male grizzly bear into the Cabinet Mountains on July 25th. A young male bear, estimated to be about 3-1/2 years old, was captured on the South Fork of the Flathead River and released above Spar Lake on the Kootenai National Forest.

The grizzly bear was captured specifically to be moved to the Cabinet Mountains as part of the on-going grizzly bear population augmentation program. This program is an on-going effort to boost and recover the grizzly bear population in the Cabinet Mountains and is a cooperative effort between Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks (FWP) and the US Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS). This bear has no known history of conflict with people.

Under the program, FWP captures bears in backcountry areas of the Northern Continental Divide Ecosystem and USFWS monitors the animals after their release in the Cabinet Mountains. All grizzly bears relocated to the Cabinets are monitored with a radio collar until their collars drop off. The collars utilize the global positioning system (GPS) to gather locations every few hours in order to follow the bearís movements.

For more information, contact Kim Annis, MFWP Cabinet-Yaak Ecosystem Grizzly Bear Specialist, at 406-291-1320.

Photos courtesy Debbie Lepo, Forest Service LEO with the Kootenai National Forest.


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