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F&W wants public comment on Montana grizzly plan

By The Associated Press
Published On: May 04 2013 10:16:58 AM MDT
Grizzly Bear
HELENA, Mont. -

For grizzly bears to thrive along Montana's Northern Continental Divide once they're delisted, federal biologists say habitat isn't enough.
    
People must accept the big predators as a cohabitant on a limited landscape.
    
That's according to a draft conservation plan released this week by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, hailed as a big step toward making sure the iconic species thrives in a roughly 110,000-square-mile area including Glacier National Park.
    
The roughly 1,000 grizzlies here are listed as a threatened species.
    
This conservation plan wouldn't lift Endangered Species Act protections, rather provide the outlines for managing bears, once they're delisted.
    
Among its other elements: Making sure in particular males grizzlies can move between the Northern Continental Divide Ecosystem and adjacent ecosystems.
    
Fish and Wildlife is taking comment now, at http://tinyurl.com/chs4l76.