Grizzly pair moved to boost small Montana population

Twenty-two grizzlies have been translocated to Montana’s Cabinet Mountains and Yaak River ecosystem to boost the population’s numbers and genetic diversity. ©Madeleine Deaton

A pair of young grizzlies (Ursus arctos) have been translocated to help establish a grizzly population in Montana’s Cabinet Mountains and Yaak River ecosystem. Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks captured the male and female bears in the Whitefish Range and released them near Spar Lake, near the Idaho-Montana border, the Associated Press reports. Since 1990, 22 grizzlies have been translocated to the area to boost the population’s numbers and genetic diversity. About 55 to 60 grizzlies are estimated to occupy the region, up from fewer than 15 in the late 1980s.

Read the story from the Associated Press here.