Getting grizzly bears delisted from the Endangered Species Act will be on the Legislature’s wish list for the second session in a row.
Sen. Mike Cuffe, R-Libby, will send his joint resolution to a public hearing on Thursday. If passed, it asks the state’s congressional delegation to draft a bill giving Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks Department responsibility for grizzly management and blocking any court review of the move. A nearly identical 2017 version passed the House 63-37 and the Senate 31-18. Rep. Steve Gunderson, R-Libby, led that effort. However, no Montana congressional member introduced such a bill.