We Need Your Voices Today! Wyoming Approves Hunting Of 22 Grizzly Bears This Year Despite Comments from 125,000 People Opposing The Hunt
By Lauren Lewis –
May 25, 2018
Following this week’s unanimous vote by the Wyoming Game and Fish Commission, 22 grizzly bears that may wander out of Yellowstone and Grand Teton national parks will officially become at risk of being killed during the state’s first sanctioned hunt of its kind in 44 years.
This despite the state receiving more than 125,000 comments from people opposing the hunt of the bears and only one year after grizzlies in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem were removed from the Endangered Species List.
“It’s so disturbing that Wyoming thinks they’re more valuable dead than alive,” Noah Greenwald, endangered species director at the Center for Biological Diversity said in a statement while referring to Yellowstone’s bears as national treasures. “Grizzly bears have only just begun to recover, and hunting could sabotage that crucial process. People love these bears and don’t want to see them killed just so somebody can put a trophy on their wall.”
According to a statement from the Wyoming Game and Fish Department, the allowable mortality limits were developed using a pre-set formula outlined in a cooperative agreement between the states of Montana, Idaho, and Wyoming.
Wyoming considers its decision to be a “conservative” approach to the state’s grizzly bear management.
Animal advocates consider it to be the unnecessary murder of innocent animals!
Tragically, now for a mere $602.00 for residents and $6002.00 for nonresidents, hunters in Wyoming can obtain a license to hunt and kill a grizzly bear.
On May 10th, the Idaho Fish and Game Commission approved a limited hunting season for grizzly bears in the eastern part of the state.
Under this ruling, one Idaho hunter draws a permit to shoot one grizzly bear during the hunt, the state’s first in 40 years.
As per the Idaho Statesman, the sole hunter will not be able to use bait or hound hunting to bag his “once in a lifetime trophy” during the season which will run September 1st through November 15th of this year.
In February, Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks decided not to hold a Yellowstone-area grizzly bear hunting season this year.
Tragically, the three-state-region is home to only 700 grizzlies. While the number is up from 136 when they were listed as a threatened species in 1975, reducing the population by hunting and killing them is not only unacceptable it is barbaric.
We Need Your Voices Today!
Please Contact The Wyoming Officials Below & Tell Them That You Oppose The Hunting of 22 Grizzly Bears in Wyoming.
Wyoming Governor Matt Mead
Phone: (307) 777-7434
Fax: (307) 632-3909
Wyoming Senator Mike Enzi
Phone: (202) 224-3424
Wyoming Senator John Barrasso
Phone: (307) 261-6413
Scott Talbott, Director Wyoming Game & Fish
Phone: (307) 777-4501
Fax: (307) 777-4699
MARK ANSELMI – President Wyoming Game & Fish
Phone: (307) 777-4600
DAVID RAEL – Vice President Wyoming Game & Fish
Phone: (307) 777-4600
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