Grizzly Bear Management continues to draw public interest in Montana and Wyoming
Written by jordanmckamey on May 2, 2019
More than 150 people have applied to sit on an advisory committee to come up with recommendations on how to manage Montana’s grizzly bears.
Randy Arnold, a regional supervisor with Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks, tells The Missoulian the application process has been “flooded,” and the committee will probably consist of fewer than 20 people.
Wyoming’s Game and Fish Commission just decided not to set a Grizzly bear hunting season. A recent bill by the Wyoming Legislature that, at least in theory, gave the panel the authority to pass a hunting season despite a September ruling that reinstated federal protections for the Yellowstone area’s grizzly bears.
Commissioners expressed their concern that hunters could face federal prosecution if they harvested a grizzly in a state-sanctioned hunt. But Commission President David Rael of Cowley compared a Wyoming grizzly hunt to other states legalizing marijuana in spite of federal legislation prohibiting its sale and use.