Grizzly Bear Collaring Continues in MontanaKFBB, Bear Hunting Magazine
Since the end of April, about 30 grizzly bears have been captured for management and research purposes across the sprawling Northern Continental Divide Ecosystem.
Ten of the captured bears have been fitted with radio or satellite tracking collars. Researchers are trying to determine whether the grizzly bear population is stable, growing or declining. Tonya Chilton is a research assistant with Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks. She says collars have a release mechanism timed to drop after two years.
This year there was a sense of urgency to get in the field as early as possible because nine collars are scheduled to drop. But the weather didn't cooperate, with snow lasting a month-and-a-half later than anticipated.