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Grizzly Bear Hunting Proposal Considered in the Lower 48

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December 18, 2012
Grizzly Bear Hunting Proposal Considered in the Lower 48 - 5

The Interagency Grizzly Bear Committee, a group that includes representatives of five federal agencies, four states and the Canadian government, announced last week Thursday that they have decided upon a plan that would allow grizzles to be hunted in Montana, Wyoming, and Idaho once they are removed from the threatened list.

There are about 600 grizzles in and around Yellowstone National Park come and roughly 1,000 grizzlies in an area centered on Glacier National Park. Regulated hunting could begin in the next few years. The IGBC said that hunting would minimize conflicts between bears and humans, mainly ranchers whose stock has taken a hit in recent years.

But while hunters and ranchers are excited at the proposition of grizzly hunting, some are not.

Hailee Newman of the Buffalo Field Campaign spoke against the idea at the IGBC meeting.

"Before they're even delisted, we're talking about keeping their numbers down," Newman said. "Why are we brainstorming about ways to keep grizzlies from walking where they once walked?"

Committee member Gregg Losinski of the Idaho Department of Fish and Game assured meeting attendees that this was not a spur of the moment idea.  "We need to alert the public we're aware of all the different aspects of bear management," Losinski said. "But we can't wait. We've been thinking about this for over a decade."

It’s important to note that this committee has not opened nor does it have the authority to declare a grizzly season.  Rather, the IGBC has developed the as-still-unreleased-plan in order to help states develop their own plan if and when grizzles become delisted.

Outdoor Life will keep you posted as news on this momentous decision becomes available.

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from X2DKkiller wrote 1 year 31 weeks ago

There were two attacks 20 miles from my house. I lve at the heart of the Yellowstone border people see bears all the time. What we need is a controlled hunt.

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from HuntingEditor wrote 1 year 31 weeks ago

Any proposal to hunt bears would be very restrictive. The last thing states want is to return the species to federal control. Most bear managers note that a hunting season would likely target the most visible and problematic bears - the very ones that are being killed right now by game wardens and federal bear managers. Stay tuned for a much longer discussion of grizzly bear management in Outdoor Life's March issue.
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from X2DKkiller wrote 1 year 31 weeks ago

If you care to look, Idaho has an exelent track record on managing wildlife.

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from William Hardy wrote 1 year 31 weeks ago

800 and 1000 bears. do they know of the legions of hunters in those states?
They best have the worlds most stringent laws and penalties in place.

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from huntfishtrap wrote 1 year 31 weeks ago

I may be in the minority here, but I don't think grizzlies should be hunted in the Lower 48 unless they are overpopulated and causing trouble in a certain area. I don't believe all wildlife exists just so we can hunt it.

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from William Hardy wrote 1 year 31 weeks ago

800 and 1000 bears. do they know of the legions of hunters in those states?
They best have the worlds most stringent laws and penalties in place.

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from X2DKkiller wrote 1 year 31 weeks ago

If you care to look, Idaho has an exelent track record on managing wildlife.

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from HuntingEditor wrote 1 year 31 weeks ago

Any proposal to hunt bears would be very restrictive. The last thing states want is to return the species to federal control. Most bear managers note that a hunting season would likely target the most visible and problematic bears - the very ones that are being killed right now by game wardens and federal bear managers. Stay tuned for a much longer discussion of grizzly bear management in Outdoor Life's March issue.
mckean

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from X2DKkiller wrote 1 year 31 weeks ago

There were two attacks 20 miles from my house. I lve at the heart of the Yellowstone border people see bears all the time. What we need is a controlled hunt.

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from huntfishtrap wrote 1 year 31 weeks ago

I may be in the minority here, but I don't think grizzlies should be hunted in the Lower 48 unless they are overpopulated and causing trouble in a certain area. I don't believe all wildlife exists just so we can hunt it.

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