Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Units Program: Montana Wildlife
Education, Research and Technical Assistance for Managing Our Natural Resources

Montana Wildlife Project

Grizzly Connectivity Modeling

March 2021 - December 2022


Participating Agencies

  • Montana Fish Wildlife and Parks

Connectivity among wildlife populations is of pressing concern for many species given the ongoing and accelerating threats of habitat loss to human development, which fragments remaining habitats and isolates the populations relying on them. Species that rely on large areas of undisturbed habitat are often the first to disappear. Loss of connectivity among populations may reduce genetic variation and the ability to respond to changing environmental conditions. Theory and empirical precedent have shown that island populations face greater risks of extinction, especially when small1. The loss of connectivity may accordingly accelerate the irreversible loss of entire species.