Grizzly Bear, Mountain Lion and Wolf Management
The state of Montana is a stronghold for species like grizzly bears, wolves and mountain lions and their presence here is not accidental. Strong recovery programs, active education, proactive management and a tolerant public ensure that Montana’s population for these species is not only strong but growing.
Despite their healthy populations, the success of grizzly bears, wolves and mountain lions in Montana is not without challenges, particularly to human residents.
Montana has seen a dramatic increase in outdoor tourism in recent years. Glacier and Yellowstone National Parks illustrate this by reporting that their visitation counts have more than doubled. In addition, both Montana’s wildlife and human population are growing. These combined factors present biologists and wildlife managers with major challenges for maintaining a healthy and safe coexistence of wildlife and people. They have identified active education and management programs as the keys to success.
Funds are needed for outreach, education, research and management efforts to address and prevent conflicts.
Funding needs across Montana include:
- Interns and seasonal biologists – $16,000 per biologist
- Bear Lockers & Canisters – $300 to $700
- Argos GPS Collars – $4,000 per collar
- Electric Fencing – $1,000 average
- Education Coordinators and seasonal biologists – $30,000 – $50,000