Grizzly Hunting In Lower 48 A Possibility Soon

The Outdoor Wire, Bear Hunting Magazine

Federal authorities are considering adding grizzly bear hunting back into the Rocky Mountains within the vicinity of Yellowstone and Glacier National Parks as early as 2014. This release of information is the closest the grizzly has come to being legally hunted in the lower 48 States in more than 30 years.

Officials are discussing plans to remove the threatened species protection for them and transfer management authority to state agencies. Grizzly bears were listed as threatened in 1975 outside of Alaska. Since then, the government has spent more than $20 million on grizzly bear restoration efforts. They stress that the bear hunt, which would first take effect in Yellowstone and later in Glacier National Park, will be a strictly limited hunt, more than likely with a harvest number in the single digits.

The hunts would aim to reduce the number of human-bear conflicts and livestock attacks in Montana, Idaho and Wyoming. Grizzly bears killed four people in Yellowstone National Park in the past two years, an unusually high number. By comparison, 51 bears were killed by wildlife agents in the Yellowstone area because they were repeatedly causing problems or people felt threatened by the animal during an encounter.

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