A public comment period on the Northern Continental Divide Ecosystem (NCDE) grizzly bear population administrative rule is open through Oct. 26, 2018.
The objective of this administrative rule is continual occupancy by grizzly bears with a goal of maintaining a population of more than 800 bears with a minimum of 90 percent certainty.
Following is a list of scheduled public hearings where SCI Members can comment in support of the rule, either orally or in writing.
Sept. 18 – Great Falls, Great Falls College-MSU, 2100 16th Avenue S., 6:30 p.m.
Sept. 19 – Conrad, High School, 308 S. Illinois St., 6:30 p.m.
Sept. 26 – Missoula, Holiday Inn Downtown, 600 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.
Written comments also can be submitted by mail to: Grizzly Bear ARM, Wildlife Division, Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks, P.O. Box 200701, Helena, Montana, 59620-0701.
Emailed comments can be sent to: FWPGRIZZLYBEARARM@mt.gov.ll
Comments can also be submitted online.
The rule provides a regulatory framework for the NCDE population objectives proposed by the NCDE subcommittee of the Interagency Grizzly Bear Committee.
The conservation strategy identifies a demographic monitoring area that is home to the core population of grizzly bears in the NCDE. The area incudes Glacier National Park and parts of five national forests, including the Bob Marshall Wilderness Complex. A buffer zone outside the primary is also identified.