This year’s grizzly death toll includes Monica and her cubs but, surprisingly, no railroad fatalities . . .
The region saw 42 known grizzly bears deaths in the Northern Continental Divide ecosystem, with an additional 10 deaths outside of what’s known as the demographic monitoring area, Cecily Costello, research wildlife biologist with Montana, Fish Wildlife and Parks reported recently.
The numbers are preliminary and could go up.
Costello said the bear mortalities are still well below thresholds of sustainability for the demographic area.