Kylie Kembel educates Red Lodge-area residents about grizzlies

Editor’s note:

This story is part of the Lee Enterprises series “Grizzlies and Us.” The project examines the many issues surrounding the uneasy coexistence of grizzly bears and humans in the Lower 48, which have come  into focus in recent years as the federallyprotected animal pushes farther into human-occupied areas. The 10-part series, comprised of more than 20 stories, was produced by outdoor reporters and photojournalists across the Rocky Mountain West.


Although she’s moved from black bear management issues in the forests of northwest Montana to the Beartooth Front in the state’s south-central region to deal with grizzlies, Kylie Kembel said the work remains much the same.

“Everyone struggles with bears all across the state,” she said.

Kembel was one of Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks’ 2017 hires to beef up its bear program, now composed of 11 experts spread across the state. As a bear management technician, she mainly deals with educating the public about how to live and play safely as black bears and grizzlies become more common along the Beartooth Front. These teaching efforts stretch from civic and school groups to local landowners.

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