Protecting a bridge to the Bitterroots
January 3, 2019
When a federal judge returned grizzly bears in the Greater Yellowstone area to the threatened species list in September, he cited the bears' fragmented range in the lower 48 states as one of his justifications. It is hard to call a species recovered, he argued, when it is isolated from other wild populations, as Yellowstone's grizzlies are.
Earlier this month, two conservation groups took an important step to ending that isolation. Twenty miles west of Missoula, near the confluence of western Montana's Clark Fork River and Ninemile Creek, the Vital Ground Foundation and Yellowstone to Yukon...