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Activists look to move route of Pacific Northwest Trail out of Yaak grizzly country

MISSOULA — Only a short section of the Pacific Northwest Trail passes through northwest Montana. But Congress put it one of the worst spots for grizzly bears, so some want the trail moved farther south.

Recently, about 50 people settled into the Montgomery Distillery, holiday drinks in hand, and pondered the postcards littering the tables. Three versions were addressed to each member of Montana’s congressional delegation, asking them to sponsor an act that would move the Montana portion of the Pacific Northwest Trail from its current route south of the Canadian border to a more southerly path running below Lake Koocanusa and through the towns of Libby and Troy.

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