The Fish and Wildlife Commission is holding public hearings on a proposed administrative rule that would codify population objectives for grizzly bears in the Northern Continental Divide Ecosystem, including the Golden Triangle.

 A Public hearing will be held this evening at 6:30 at  Conrad  High School (308 S. Illinois St). FWP staff will explain and answer questions about the objectives, as well as take comments from the public.

The conservation strategy identifies a demographic monitoring area that is home to the core population of grizzlies in the NCDE. The monitoring area is comprised of the primary conservation area, which includes Glacier National Park and parts of five national forests, as well as an area called Zone 1, a buffer zone outside the primary conservation area.

The objective in this area is continual occupancy by grizzlies, which will require maintaining good habitat conditions and adhering to population criteria.

A revised copy of the conservation strategy can be found HERE .

Comments can be submitted at the meeting, both orally or in writing. Comments can also be submitted by mail to: Grizzly Bear ARM, Wildlife Division, Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks, P.O. Box 200701, Helena, MT 59620-0701; or be e-mail to fwpgrizzlybeararm@mt.gov.Comments must be submitted by Oct. 26.