- Associated Press - Wednesday, June 29, 2016

HELENA, Mont. (AP) - Researchers plan to start trapping grizzly bears in parts of Montana’s Gallatin National Forest over the next month as part of a project to monitor the bear population in and around Yellowstone National Park.

Wildlife officials say biologists with the Interagency Grizzly Bear Study Team will begin baiting and trapping Friday on federal land and adjacent private land at the southern end of the Gallatin Crest and in the Northern Absaroka Range.

The areas where the work is to be conducted will be marked with warning signs.

There are estimated to be more than 700 grizzlies around Yellowstone. The bears are designated as a threatened species, but the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has proposed lifting federal protections after a population increase in recent years.

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