States won’t rush approval of Yellowstone grizzly hunts

 June 22 at 6:29 PM

HELENA, Mont. — The Latest on removing Yellowstone region grizzly bears from federal protections (all times local):

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4:15 p.m.

Wyoming, Montana and Idaho officials say they won’t declare open season on grizzly bears once federal Endangered Species Act protections are lifted for the bruins in the Yellowstone National Park region.

The three states that will take over jurisdiction of Yellowstone-area bears once federal protections are lifted this summer have submitted management plans that allow for limited hunting.

But state officials say there is no rush. Brian Nesvik of the Wyoming Game and Fish Department and Laurie Wolf of Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks both say it’s unlikely any hunting will be allowed this year.

Nesvik says rules still must be developed, and Wolf says her agency is still focused on bear conservation.

Idaho officials also say it’s too early to discuss a possible hunting season.

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1:30 p.m.

Idaho Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter is welcoming the delisting of grizzlies in Yellowstone and says the state is ready to start managing the bears.

Otter says Idaho has been on the forefront of Yellowstone grizzly bear recovery for many years and that the population has been recovered for more than decade.

He says officials in the Idaho Department of Fish and Game and Office of Species Conservation will review the final delisting before making any decisions about specifics.

State officials say it’s too early to discuss a possible grizzly bear hunting season in Idaho.

Grizzlies have been protected under the Endangered Species Act for more than 40 years.

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12:45 p.m.

Wyoming Gov. Matt Mead has praised the decision to take grizzlies in Yellowstone off the threatened species list, calling it long overdue.

Grizzlies have been protected under the Endangered Species Act for more than 40 years.

Mead says grizzly numbers have sufficiently recovered to justify removing the big bears from federal protection. He says he asked the Interior Department in 2013 to delist grizzly bears and is glad to see that finally happening.

The announcement means grizzlies in Wyoming outside Yellowstone and Grand Teton national parks will be under the control of state wildlife managers by late July.

State officials could decide to allow grizzlies to be hunted in limited numbers. Mead gave no guidance on when that decision might be made.

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12:03 p.m.

U.S. government officials say grizzly bears in Yellowstone National Park region are no longer threatened, and that they will lift protections that have been in place for more than 40 years.

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke said Thursday that the recovery of Yellowstone’s grizzlies is one of the nation’s great conservation success stories.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will turn over grizzly bear management to Montana, Idaho and Wyoming by late July. The states plan to allow limited bear hunts outside park boundaries.

The ruling does not affect threatened grizzlies living in other areas of northwestern Montana and northern Idaho.

Grizzlies have been listed as a threatened species since 1975 when just 136 bears roamed in and around Yellowstone.

There are now more than 700 grizzlies in the Yellowstone region.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/energy-environment/us-officials-lift-yellowstone-region-grizzly-bear-protection/2017/06/22/5122deb8-577d-11e7-840b-512026319da7_story.html?utm_term=.6621b56b4d16

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14 thoughts on “States won’t rush approval of Yellowstone grizzly hunts

  1. “Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke said Thursday that the recovery of Yellowstone’s grizzlies is one of the nation’s great conservation success stories.”

    Get a new script.

    “The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will turn over grizzly bear management to Montana, Idaho and Wyoming by late July.”

    Sounds very ominous. Like leaving them at the mercy of terrorists.

    “The states plan to allow limited bear hunts outside park boundaries.”

    It sounds like protecting Yellowstone visitors by reducing the bears around the Park. (You can’t fix stupid behavior though). Allowing any hunting around Park borders is a bad idea. Just the though of lazy hunters baiting wolves and bears is revolting. The whole thing is revolting.

  2. “Wyoming, Montana and Idaho officials say they won’t declare open season on grizzly bears once federal Endangered Species Act protections are lifted for the bruins in the Yellowstone National Park region.”
    Lies, and B.S. There is no rush to kill until they figure out how much money they can make. Until the likes of Palmer the killer dentist starts showing money and buying the rights to kill.
    They are all liars, and despicable killer parasites. There is honor among predatory animals but there is no honor among humans needing blood, their pound of flesh and souvenirs of killings! They are all f’ing liars.

    • They’re not saying anything about hunting just yet because they don’t want any opposition, is my thinking – because the timing of this is everything to hunting? But it is still going to court. I also believe I have read that the Yellowstone bears are genetically isolated which isn’t good for their future survival. So they are not ready to come off the endangered list. I read somewhere that a few as 10 bears would be allowed to be hunted? As if that is supposed to make people feel better about it. smh 😦

      • Exactly my thoughts! I am sorry to be vulgar but these fuckers were working towards this for years. Now they are savoring the moment and taunting animal welfare activists.

      • No need to apologize – I’m trying to restrain myself. 😉

        Do ya think that ID, MT and WY are going to make migration corridors to strengthen the genetics of the Yellowstone grizzlies a priority? I wouldn’t bet on it.

        Butch Otter has already passed laws (back in March) so that those interests around the Park can shoot bears that are a threat to pets and livestock. I just don’t get why we keep deluding ourselves that any state is going to have the means or interest in protecting wildlife, except maybe California.

        On the funny side, I always have to chuckle in blackhearted glee when I imagine a new Interior Dept. getting its first lawsuit of a new Administration: ” Plaintiff(s) v. US Department of the Interior, [ ], Secretary, et al” Hee! Always a major milestone.

  3. Zinke is a monster At least the states are saying they won’t hunt I wish Wolves had the same consideration States should not manage predators

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  4. I hope they are not planning a spring hunt, and to kill mothers coming out of dens, and then cubs. Even if that is forbidden, you know that some clod will do it. It is much too risky – and I hope there is a big public outcry. You know that is why the mouthpieces are being mum about it.

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