Sunday, January 10, 2010
Montana Land Trust Buys Idaho Grizzly Habitat
A Missoula based land trust,Vital Ground Foundation, has bought 57 acres of grizzly bear habitat along Reeder Creek in northern Idaho's Bismark Meadows, giving the foundation 160 acres in the area. An effort to help protect the area from encroaching development.
The 1,100 Bismark Meadows is a meadows and wetland complex is part of the USFWS Selkirk grizzly bear recovery area. The Selkirk Range in northern Idaho and eastern Washington is home to 40-50 grizzlies. It is also ground zero in the continuing fight by enviromentalists, such as the Sierra Club, to keep grizzlies on the endangered species list.
As many as 8 grizzlies have been known to use Bismark Meadows in the spring. Last year a sow and two cubs as well as an adult male were seen in the meadows.