BOISE, Idaho (AP) - When a Tennessee hunter mistakenly shot and
killed a male grizzly bear in the remote, rugged terrain north of
the Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness last month, it marked the first
time that anyone had confirmed a grizzly in that part of Idaho in
more than six decades.
Within days of the kill, the rules and expectations for hunting
the region changed.
Grizzly experts from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, along
with state officials in Idaho and Montana are already plotting
excursions next summer to see if other grizzlies have taken up
residence in the Bitterroot.
Biologists immediately set about to educate hunters and guides
about the differences between grizzly and black bears.
And next month, state and federal managers will meet to discuss
a series of grizzly issues, including whether timber sales and
other activities near the Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness should
include a review of impacts on grizzly habitat.
A plan to reintroduce 25 grizzlies over five years to the
Selway-Bitterroot area was frozen by the Bush administration in
By AP Writer Todd Dvorak
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