(Jackson, Wyo.) - Last night, the Wyoming Game and Fish Department held a public meeting to present the Grizzly Management Plan. This meeting is on the heels of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) submitting a proposal to remove the Greater Yellowstone grizzly bear from the Endangered Species List.
For the first hour of the meeting, WGFD officials went through the details
of the Wyoming Draft Grizzly Management Plan
They outlined the history of grizzly bears in the region, the recovery
criteria and then management plan moving past the USFWS delisting.
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Following the presentation, several people asked questions, mostly
regarding hunting and discretionary mortality policies in the plan.
Officials clarified that hunting is mentioned in the plan as a population
management tool, although hunting specifics (such as method, count, hunt
areas, etc.) will be decided at a later time.
The meeting got spirited once the public comment began. Comments were
prepared and concise, and many were followed by cheers and applause from
the audience -- on both sides of the issue.
Hunters, conservationists, lawyers, wildlife guides and local citizens
spoke for and against the WGFD plan and for and against the grizzly
*Feature Photo: A person comments of the Wyoming Draft Grizzly Management
Plan during the Tuesday meeting. Pitchengine Communities*