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Griz caught in coyote trap & other tales

Grizzly Bear - Montana FWPMontana grizzly bear managers had a lot to discuss and many stories to tell . . .

Bear managers across the state relayed plenty of grizzly bear stories during the Northern Continental Divide Grizzly Bear Ecosystem Subcommittee meeting earlier this month.

Region 2 bear specialist Jamie Jonkel spoke briefly about the fatality this summer of a bicyclist who was camping in Ovando and was killed by a grizzly bear that came into town.

Leah Davis Lokan, 65, of Chico, California, was killed when a bear attacked her in her tent . . .

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52 known grizzly deaths noted in northern Montana

Monica with three cubs, June 8, 2020 – W. K. Walker
Monica with three cubs, June 8, 2020 – W. K. Walker

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.

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