Bitterroot Grizzly Bear EIS Project 

On January 17, 2024, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced a public scoping period to consider options for restoring grizzly bears to the Bitterroot ecosystem. The Service will assess the potential impacts of proposed restoration options in an Environmental Impact Statement under the National Environmental Policy Act. The public, states, Tribes, the scientific community, and other stakeholders are encouraged to remain involved with this project to provide valuable input. Updates will continue to be posted on this webpage as they become available. More information is available in the news release from January 17, 2024.

Current status

The initial public scoping period concluded on March 18, 2024. The Service is now reviewing comments and working on the draft EIS. Once the Service has completed a draft EIS, it will be noticed with another public information and comment period. Further status information: Spring 2024 project update. Learn more about the NEPA process.

Review Scoping Notice

Grizzly bear safety resources

As always, human safety remains a priority for the Service. For more information about living, working, and recreating in grizzly bear country, please visit the resources from the Interagency Grizzly Bear Committee, including specific information for residents, hikers/campers, hunters, and farmers/ranchers.

Section 10(j) of the Endangered Species Act

This document provides answers to frequently asked questions regarding section 10(j) of the Endangered Species Act and experimental populations.