Grizzly bears push into lowland areas as legal fight drags

This April 29, 2019 photo provided by the United States Geological Survey shows a grizzly bear and a cub along the Gibbon River in Yellowstone National Park, Wyo. Wildlife officials say grizzly bear numbers are holding steady in the Northern Rockies as plans to hunt the animals in two states remain tied up in a legal dispute. (Frank van Manen/The United States Geological Survey via AP)

BILLINGS, Mont. — Grizzly bears are spreading into new areas of the U.S. Northern Rockies, expanding from remote wildernesses and into low-level farmland amid a legal fight over proposed hunting.

New government data from grizzly population monitoring show bruins in the Yellowstone area of Montana, Wyoming and Idaho expanded their range by about 1,500 square miles (3,900 square kilometers) over the past two years.

Frank van Manen with the U.S. Geological Survey says that means more bears on private lands, where they can encounter humans and attack livestock.

Wyoming and Idaho officials proposed grizzly hunts last year, but they were blocked by a judge's ruling.

Government attorneys on Friday asked an appeals court to overturn part of that ruling. The case could take months or even years to decide.

People also read these

2 injured, fire contained on docked Tahoe paddle...

Aug 17, 2016

Fire ripped through the second deck of a docked tourist cruise boat under repair at Lake Tahoe on...

Navy names ship after gay rights advocate Harvey...

Aug 17, 2016

The Navy is naming a ship in honor of the late gay rights leader Harvey Milk

Target cuts outlook as it sees fewer customers in...

Aug 17, 2016

Target cut its profit forecast and a key sales outlook amid stiffer competition and its own...

Lava meets the sea, puts on fire-spitting show in...

Aug 18, 2016

For the first time in three years, lava from a volcano on Hawaii's Big Island has reached the...

'Diddy' delays tour to recover from shoulder...

Aug 19, 2016

Sean "Diddy" Combs will be kicking off his tour later than expected after undergoing shoulder...

In Daily Travelogue, we aim to provide rich content for the budget traveler. We only publish blog post that is informative and entertaining to add value to our readers’ user experience.

Contact us: sales[at]dailytravelogue.com