Federal forests issue revised grizzly plan

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COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho (AP) -- A revised plan for the Panhandle, Kootenai and Lolo national forests of Idaho, Montana and Washington state would restrict motorized vehicle travel in prime grizzly habitat.

The Spokesman-Review (http://bit.ly/vRPc3i ) reported on Tuesday that the restrictions could eventually close up to 102 miles of backcountry roads to public travel across a 4,560-square-mile swath of the three national forests.

That won't make some off-road vehicle enthusiasts happy.

But forest managers say grizzlies in in two bear recovery zones in the Selkirk and Cabinet-Yaak mountains have been the losers in many encounters with humans.

Since 1982, people have killed at least 97 grizzlies in these zones, making their recovery more difficult.