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  • While state and federal officials laud the grizzly bear's comeback, others say it's time to lift the remaining protections that helped them recover, pointing to recent grizzly encounters as evidence, the AP reports. "It's getting out of whack. We've got too many bears," said the Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks commissioner.
  • Convicted sex offender Joseph Edward Duncan III, who beat a north Idaho mother, her fiance and oldest son to death in 2005 before abducting her two youngest children, pleaded guilty to 10 federal counts Monday in the kidnapping and prolonged sexual abuse of the children and the murder of one of them, the AP reports.
  • According to the Helena IR, Sen. Dave Lewis, R-Helena, called Monday for a special legislative session to decide how to allocate financial losses in the state’s investment pool.

Grizzly Encounters Could Compromise Protections

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