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Grizzly numbers hit new high in Yellowstone

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BILLINGS, Mont. (WKOW) – Grizzly bears near Yellowstone National Park have hit their highest level in decades.

The increase has caused more conflicts with humans as some bears are pushed into populated areas.

Scientists from a multi-agency research team announced Wednesday that at least 603 grizzlies are in the Yellowstone area of Wyoming, Montana and Idaho.

That number is more than three times as much as in 1975, when hunting was outlawed and the species placed on the endangered list.

Grizzlies have killed two people in 2010--one west of Cody, Wyo., and another near Cooke City, Mont.

At least 45 grizzlies have been killed or removed from the wild this year.

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