HELENA, Mont. -

The Montana Land Board has approved the purchase of 320 acres of threatened grizzly bear habitat next to the Blackleaf Wildlife Management Area.
The state is buying the land from The Conservation Fund for $345,000 with a grant from a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services to help the recovery of grizzlies in the northern Continental Divide.
The 320 acres is considered critical grizzly bear habitat and is adjacent to the 10,397-acre wildlife management area in Teton County.
Candace Durran of the Department of Natural Resources and Conservation says The Conservation Fund paid $575,000 for the land. The fund is selling it at a discount and the difference will be counted as a matching contribution for the grant.
The Land Board approved the purchase Monday.