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Plan To Attend Wyoming Game And Fish Meetings On Grizzly Bear Hunting Season

Mar 13, 2018

Grizzly BearSCI’s efforts to support the delisting of the Yellowstone area grizzly bears are beginning to pay off.  The Wyoming Game and Fish Department (WGF) has opened a public comment period on  draft regulations establishing a grizzly bear hunting season. Comments must be submitted before 5 p.m.  April 30, 2018.

The WGF will hold several public meetings and present the final recommendation to the Wyoming Game and Fish Commission at a public meeting May 23, 2018 in Lander.  A list of the meeting times and places is below.

“This draft was shaped by public input we received this fall and winter and the best available science,” a WGF news release stated. “It contains proposed regulations that would ensure Wyoming will meet its commitment to manage for a healthy and viable population of grizzly bears inside the demographic monitoring area in northwest Wyoming.  We believe this proposal reflects the public support for using hunting as a component of grizzly bear management and has many provisions that will recognize this opportunity and keep the grizzly bear population recovered for generations to come.”

Wyoming is proposing a quota of 24 bears, 12 from the “demographic monitoring area” and 12 from outside that area. The demographic monitoring area consists of habitat considered suitable for grizzly bear and generally surrounds Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks. The additional area is not considered suitable grizzly bear habitat, such as ranches or cornfields, where there is repeat grizzly-human conflict.

Comments may be submitted online, at meetings, or by mail to:

Wyoming Game and Fish Department
Hunting Season/Regulation Comments
3030 Energy Lane, Casper, WY 82604

The public meetings are scheduled as follows:
 

City

Date

Time

Location

Casper

March 22, 2018

6 p.m.

Game and Fish Office

Dubois

March 27, 2018

6 p.m.

Headwaters Arts & Conference Center

Sheridan

April 2, 2018

7 p.m.

Game and Fish Office

Laramie

April 2, 2018

6 p.m.

UW Berry Biodiversity Conservation Center

Green River

April 3, 2018

6 p.m.

Game and Fish Office

Cody

April 10, 2018

6 p.m.

Holiday Inn

Pinedale

April 12, 2018

6 p.m.

Game and Fish Office

Jackson

April 17, 2018

6 p.m.

National Museum of Wildlife Art

 

Since 2006, SCI has defended the delisting of the Yellowstone area grizzlies in federal court (including currently) and provided written and oral comments.  The goal is to provide SCI members and others with the opportunity to participate in the management of these grizzly bears through sustainable hunting. 

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