BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) - An agreement proposed between Montana,Idaho and Wyoming calls for the three states to coordinate any future public hunts for grizzly bears, although no hunts are immediately planned.
An estimated 600 grizzlies live in the three-state Yellowstone region.
They were taken off the endangered species list two years ago, giving state wildlife agencies jurisdiction over the animals. Federal biologists still play a major role in monitoring their population.
The proposed three-state agreement defines under what terms quotas would be developed for public grizzly hunts. Montana Fish Wildlife and Parks is seeking public comment on the document through Aug. 12.
Two lawsuits pending in federal courts in Missoula and Boise seek to block any hunts by returning the animal to the endangered