Bear spray

The Wyoming Game and Fish Commission met in July to discuss the idea of requiring hunters to carry bear spray in the grizzly-occupied Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. Later in the month, the commission quickly and unanimously dismissed the proposed regulation.

Bear spray debate

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The article “Wyoming to consider mandatory bear spray” that ran in the July 18 edition of the Jackson Hole Daily and a follow-up story that ran July 25 prompted a large number of readers to comment on the Jackson Hole News&Guide Facebook page. Here are some excerpts:

“Not only would that be really hard to enforce, almost impossible, but any smart hiker in Jackson carries bear spray anyway, so you know survival of the fittest for the rest of them.”

John Hartsock

Denver, Colorado

“Need to make everyone that goes out there carry it. Can’t just make hunters do it!”

Johnny Bergeson

Laramie, Wyoming

“[The Wyoming Game and Fish Commission] knows bears need to be killed not sprayed. If the feds allowed them to manage the population properly they would likely go forward with the spray regs.”

Derek Petrie

Denver, Colorado, and Rock Springs, Wyoming

“As a hunter myself it defies logic why someone would shoot something then leave it overnight in an area with grizzlies, black bears and mountain lions at a time they’re all stocking up for winter and think it’s a good idea to go back for it the next day. I think if other hunters wouldn’t engage in that practice it would cut down on the chances of a bad encounter more than anything else. ... I’ve been an avid hunter and wildlife photographer as long as I can remember. ... You shouldn’t be killing something you can’t get to right after you shoot it, because if you don’t claim your game right away in predator country it’s a guarantee something else will, which raises the chance of a bad encounter greatly. Not to mention the reality of a bear attack is that it happens so fast you don’t have time to draw a gun and take aim to defend yourself.”

Parkman Bailey

Shreveport, Louisiana, and Jackson, Wyoming

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