Grizzly hunt is on

Grizzly bear hunting seasons proposed by the Wyoming Game and Fish Department on Friday would allow a maximum of 24 bears to be killed in the Yellowstone region in a 2-month season that starts mid-September.

LANDER — The Wyoming Game and Fish Commission voted early Wednesday afternoon to unanimously approve Wyoming's first grizzly bear hunt since the 1970s.

Dozens of people attended the meeting in Lander to watch the proceedings. The hunt has been opposed by wildlife photographers and Native American tribes as well as animal rights activists and those concerned that the bears have not sufficiently recovered from their status as threatened.

Hunting is legally possible since the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service decided in 2017 to remove protection for grizzlies as a “threatened” species subject to protection under the Endangered Species Act. The Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem’s three states inherited jurisdiction. Idaho is planning a grizzly hunt limited to a single bear. Montana’s wildlife commission opted to hold off on hunting this year.

Pushback on the jurisdiction swap and hunt is ongoing in the courts. No fewer than six lawsuits were filed by 25 parties that ranged from the Sierra Club and the Crow Creek Sioux tribe to individuals.

This is a developing story. Look for more at JHNewsAndGuide.com and in the Thursday edition of the Jackson Hole Daily.

Contact Johanna Love at 732-7071, jlove@jhnewsandguide.com or @JHNGeditor on Twitter.​

Editor in Chief Johanna Love has covered the Jackson Hole community as part of the News&Guide staff since 1998. She took the helm of the newsroom in 2017. She fields story tips and kudos as well as criticism and questions.

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(5) comments

rich quinlan

So how do you hunt these bears , Bait ? Dogs ?

Anne Vallery

It's hard to understand why anyone thinks this is a good idea? What's the point of killing them?

Chad guenter

Ms. Vallery: The point is..... Management of the grizzly numbers. 50-60 grizzlies a year are dying mostly from human conflict/interactions. Talk to anyone spending a decent amount of time in the backcountry, every drainage in the GYE is at carrying capacity for the bears.

Kirk Speckhals

Killing magnificent animals is a fairy tale ending?
Enjoy the bear jerky [angry]

Ken Chison

A job well done by all involved. What a true success story this truly is. To bring these magnificent animals back from the brink of extinction, and now, to be able to legally hunt them, is a definite fairy tale ending. Good job to all involved!

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