The grizzly bear is one of North America’s treasured animals. Not only are they synonymous with North American identity, they also play an important ecological role. For example, after grizzly bears eat the fruit from fruit bearing plants, they besprinkle seeds and nutrients through feces. They are natural distributers. This is just one of many ways that grizzly bears help the environment; they are an integral part in nature’s lifecycle. That is why there are concerted efforts to protect the beautiful beast. Hunting is often encouraged to manage populations. Nevertheless, many people must still learn to live with grizzly bears as cohabitants.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has recently released a conservation plan regarding the grizzly bears of Montana’s Northern Continental Divide. Soon, these animals will be delisted from government protection. The responsibility for their protections falls on the backs of citizens and other groups. In the article, “F&W wants public comment on Montana grizzly conservation plan to manage bears after delisting,” The Associated Press reports, “In addition to outlining strategies for coexistence between bears and people including residents of ranching communities whose livelihoods sometimes conflict with predators.” A big part of the plan is helping to change the psyche of certain people, so they may better coexist with the bears. Not only that, the plan hopes to create a positive emotional foundation when people think of the grizzly. That way, they would be more inclined to support protective measures. In other words, the grizzly bear must win public support.
At Fort Musselshell Outfitters, we understand the importance of wildlife management. The grizzly bear is important to Montana’s identity and must be protected. Hunters and conservationists are one-in-the-same. Both pump blood through Montana’s body!