As Montana grizzly numbers climb, so do bear deaths

The number of grizzly bears (Ursus arctos horribilis) killed in train collisions, car accidents, poaching and the removal of troublesome bears remained at a record high last year in the area around Glacier National Park. The New York Times reports that the number climbed to 51 last year Northern Continental Divide Ecosystem, tied with 2018 and up from 29 in 2017. The escalation comes as the bears’ population continues to grow, up to 1,051. “All the data we collect tells us the population is still growing and there’s way more bears on the landscape,” said Cecily Costello, a biologist with the Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks.

Read more in the New York Times.

Header Image: A grizzly bear cub appears in the Northern Continental Divide ecosystem outside Glacier, Montana.
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