A proposed administrative rule that would provide a regulatory framework for grizzly bear population objectives in the Northern Continental Divide Ecosystem (NCDE) is out for public comment through Friday, Oct. 26.
Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks (FWP) is holding hearings on the proposed rule in several communities this month, and the Missoula hearing is set for Wednesday, Sept. 26, 6:30pm, at the Holiday Inn Downtown (200 S. Pattee St.). FWP staff will answer questions and take public comment on the content of the proposed rule.
The rule pertains to the NCDE, which is one of six recovery areas for grizzly bears in the lower-48 states and would codify NCDE population objectives outlined in the conservation strategy recently completed and found at igbconline.org.
Upcoming Public Hearings:
Sept. 26 – Missoula, Holiday Inn Downtown, 200 S. Pattee St., 6:30 p.m.
Sept. 27 – Kalispell, Flathead Valley Community College, Arts and Technology Building, 777 Grandview Drive, 6:30 p.m.
Comments can be submitted during the hearings and also online at fwp.mt.gov under “proposed grizzly bear ARM Rule.” Or by mail to Grizzly Bear ARM, Wildlife Division, FWP, P.O. Box 200701, Helena, Montana, 59620-0701; or e-mail FWPGRIZZLYBEARARM@mt.gov, and must be received no later than Oct. 26, 2018.