KALISPELL, Mont. -

Wildlife officials around western Montana say they?re getting ready to start capturing and releasing female grizzly bears, to research and manage them. Throughout the summer, biologists will work in areas like Glacier National Park and along the Flathead River.

FWP bear experts say keeping an eye on bear populations, and collaring some of the bears, are important to the animals? ongoing recovery.

?It?s very important for us to monitor whether that trend is going up, or down, or stable, as we move towards recovery of the species and eventual delisting,? said FWP Biologist Rick Mace.

Back in 1975, the grizzly bear was listed was listed as ?threatened? in the lower 48 states, under of the endangered species act.