- Associated Press - Thursday, May 28, 2015

MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) - Wildlife experts say the grizzly bear population in northwest Montana is finally on the rise.

The Missoulian reports (https://bit.ly/1EzTBw1 ) that the grizzly population in the Cabinet-Yaak mountains has a projected growth rate of 1.4 percent.

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service officials says that’s only about half of the growth rate seen in bigger areas, like the Northern Continental Divide Ecosystem and Great Yellowstone Ecosystem.

But the smaller Cabinet-Yaak ecosystem struggles to maintain 50 bears, while the other two spots have close to 1,000 grizzlies each.

The bears are a threatened species, and transplants from larger areas help isolated populations like Cabinet-Yaak, where one death can have an outsize effect.

Officials say the grizzlies are often killed by humans.

Biologists plan to introduce a new male and female grizzly this summer.


Information from: Missoulian, https://www.missoulian.com

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