Rash Of Attacks May Spur Grizzly Hunt

Minneapolis Star Tribune, Bear Hunting Magazine

BILLINGS, Mont. Nearly extinct last century, grizzly bears are back in a big way in the northern Rockies-- rising in numbers, pushing into new territories and mauling hunters who stumble across them in the wild.

While state and federal officials laud the bear's comeback, others say it's time to lift the remaining protections that helped them recover. They point to recent grizzly encounters as evidence.

"We've got grizzly bears eating people who come here to hunt," said Vic Workman, Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks commissioner, who fended off a grizzly during a Nov. 25 hunting trip near Whitefish. "It's getting out of whack. We've got too many bears".

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