“Typical Wyoming…operates on testosterone and placates to those who run the political show. Very sad for the Grizzlies.”
“This is a very sad day for grizzly bears in the Yellowstone region.”
– Bonnie Rice of the Sierra Club
The state Game and Fish Commission unanimously approved a controversial Wyoming grizzly hunt for the first time since 1975, as 22 bears could be killed under the plan approved today.
The Wyoming grizzly hunt could affect up to 22 grizzly bears, including 11 in a “demographic monitoring area” that includes areas surrounding Yellowstone National Park. While hunting would not take place in the Park, of course, environmental and conservation groups fear any hunting would negatively impact the grizzly’s long-term health and survival chances. Like most wildlife, Yellowstone grizzlies don’t care about National Park boundaries and will move in and out of the Park with ease.
Trophy hunts were discontinued in 1975 when grizzlies ended up on the endangered species list. But a rebound in the population to an estimated 700 grizzlies in the region led federal officials to take Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem grizzlies off the endangered list, paving the way for state management of grizzly hunts. Montana rejected the whole notion of a grizzly hunt and Idaho is going with a one-bear hunt; Wyoming is going for the hunt of the largest number of grizzlies in the lower 48 states. (Alaska never discontinued an annual hunt.)
“The main cause of troubles are those radical right wing, wanna kill everything in the way of making a buck, for the extraction/ranching industries benefit and the delisting of the GYE Grizzly is all about that- any species, on any land, results in Federal oversights & restrictions on how the land is used. We are talking Public Lands, we pay for via tax dollars, yet are managed by the political powers and those who buy off such favors. You’ll notice it’s mostly republicans and white trophy hunters that are the ranching/oil/gas/political guys in Wyoming. They hold power over Game & Fish.”
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