Tetonia grizzlies

The Idaho Fish and Game Department killed a sow grizzly and two cubs on Nov. 9 and Nov. 10. This photo of the female grizzly with her year-old cubs was taken in late October.

With the same passion that Jackson Hole area residents show for the world-famous Grizzly 399, Idaho residents gathered in Tetonia on Nov. 20 to meet with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to ask why the federal agency granted Idaho’s request to kill Grizzly 1089 and her two cubs.

“For me, first and foremost, I respect the fact that people have compassion for these animals,” Idaho Fish and Game’s Matt Pieron said. “Fish and Game does, too. I get it. It’s hard. It’s a very difficult thing. I told [neighbors] that I respect where they are, and we have all lost a lot of sleep over this. But think about if someone was injured and lost life over this decision. It’s cool to see wild animals, but it’s not cool when people could be in danger.”

Contact Jeannette at schools@jhnewsandguide.com.

Jeannette has worked as an editor and journalist in the Greater Yellowstone Region for more than 20 years. She finds excitement and joy in watching her children explore wild places with her husband, Brad, and their red heeler, Rosie.

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