By Mike Bodenchuk The Hunting Report
has been tracking issues with grizzly bear recovery and the potential for Lower 48 grizzly hunting for several years now and will continue to do so. In April 2016 (Article 3763
), we alerted subscribers to the potential delisting of the Greater Yellowstone Distinct Population Segment (DPS) from protection under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). In June 2016 (Article 3799
), we outlined Montana's grizzly bear management plan, which can include hunting as a management tool for this DPS. In Aug. 2017 (Article 4104
), we reported on the actual delisting and, as predicted, the announcement that environmental and animal activist groups were filing lawsuits.
Wyoming, too, is moving toward a grizzly hunt. In May 2016, the Wyoming Game and Fish Commission approved the Wyoming Grizzly Bear Management Plan, as is required by the delisting process. In Nov. of this year, the Wyoming Game and Fish Department (GFD) started "conversations with the public to talk about grizzly bears and grizzly bear management." These conversations are part of the management process.
While the inevitable lawsuits will take time to resolve, it's probably time for prospective grizzly bear hunters to start paying attention....