With lower-48 grizzly bears expanding their range and with a recent increase in conflicts between grizzly bears and humans–especially hunters–there’s lots of talk about a future hunt. Here’s the latest:
From the Idaho Statesman:
_Game managers from Idaho, Montana and Wyoming are preparing for the day when they open grizzly bear hunting. . . .
_The heart of the agreement is that no one can open a season without the approval of all three states. . . .
Idaho envisions at least two tags, with one open to Idahoans in a lottery and the other sold to the highest bidder through a sportsman’s group like the Safari Club.
And from the Sun Journal:
“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. . . .”
But Christopher Servheen, grizzly recovery coordinator with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, said it would take at least five more years of research to show the bear’s progress is not fleeting.
Your reaction? Should grizzly bears be hunted in the lower 48 in the near future?