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Grizzly guru tries to defuse human conflicts with bears

FILE - This undated file photo provided by the Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks shows a sow...
FILE - This undated file photo provided by the Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks shows a sow grizzly bear spotted near Camas in northwestern Montana. Wildlife advocates are seeking a court order that would force U.S. officials to consider if grizzly bears should be restored to more Western states following the animals' resurgence in the Northern Rockies. (Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks via AP, File)(AP)
Published: Mar. 29, 2021 at 12:51 PM MDT
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KALISPELL, Mont. (AP) — After cataloging the return of grizzly bear to wild areas of northwest Montana, Tim Manley has spent much of the last three decades trying to help bears and people co-exist.

Both humans and bears have become more numerous and widespread in the region, giving rise to frequent run-ins.

The human-wildlife interface is now so expansive that conflicts emerge close to home and as a result of bird feeders, chicken coops, garbage cans, and other things that attract bears.

Manley says most people call him asking, ‘Why is there a grizzly bear in my backyard and what are you going to do about it?’”

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