Grizzly numbers hold steady around Yellowstone
Grizzly numbers hold steady around Yellowstone In this Sept. 25, 2013 file photo, a grizzly bear cub forages for food a few miles from the north entrance to Yellowstone National Park in Gardiner, Mont. (Alan Rogers /The Casper Star-Tribune via AP, File/NPS/Diane Renkin)
Grizzly numbers hold steady around Yellowstone
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Grizzly bear numbers in and around Yellowstone National Park are holding relatively steady, according to figures released Thursday. State wildlife officials have begun discussions on whether to hold the first public hunts for the animals in decades.

There are an estimated 718 bears in the Yellowstone region. That includes portions of Wyoming, Montana and Idaho. That's according to the leader of the Interagency Grizzly Bear Study Team.

That's up slightly from last year's tally of 695 bruins. But it is not considered a significant increase because there are uncertainties around the estimates. That's according to the U.S. Geological Survey’s Frank van Manen. He is the study team leader.

"The population has been at a pretty stable level since the early 2000s," van Manen said. "If that number had been lower by 15 or 20 bears, I would have said the same thing."

In July, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service removed protections for Yellowstone grizzlies that had been in place since 1975. They turned over management of the animals to the three states.

Hunting is part of the states' grizzly management strategy. But details have yet to be worked out. State officials have consistently said any hunts would be limited to a small number of bears to avoid endangering the overall population.

"None of the states at this point in time are actively planning for hunts, but they are beginning dialogues with various members of the public about what that would look like" said Gregg Losinksi with Idaho Fish and Game.

Montana Fish Wildlife and Parks spokesman Greg Lemon said Montana officials are focused on building public trust on grizzly management. There are no active discussions about future hunts in the state, Lemon said.

Even without hunts bears have been dying at a steady rate. More than 50 were killed in each of the past three years due to conflicts with hunters, highway accidents and management removals of bears that preyed on livestock.

"More than 150 bears dying in the last three years because of run-ins with hunters and cars and cows is just too many," said Beth Kampschror with the Greater Yellowstone Coalition, a conservation group. "We're asking the states and agencies to do more to keep people safe and bears alive."

Other wildlife advocates and American Indian tribes have sued to restore federal protections.

The tribes say killing grizzlies violates the spiritual beliefs of their members. Wildlife advocates argue that hunting could reverse the species' hard-fought recovery from near extermination in the last century.

The National Rifle Association and Safari Club International, a hunting group, have asked the judge overseeing most of the lawsuits for permission to intervene in the cases. They want to make sure their members have a chance to hunt grizzlies.

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COMMENTS (59)
  • BrianaM-del1
    12/09/2017 - 10:14 a.m.

    grizzlies face many challenges because of the lose in population. now that there is not laws about hunting they are losing population.

  • RushB-del
    12/09/2017 - 01:37 p.m.

    This article talks about an argument concerning weather the
    grizzly bears at Yellowstone National Park can be publicly hunted. Reasons for hunting grizzly bears is that the population has been stable since the 2000's and it would be part of the grizzly management plans. Opposing reasons are that
    even without hunting grizzly bears the bears are dying due to conflicts with hunters and highway accidents another reason is that Native tribes say "killing grizzlies violates the spiritual beliefs of their members".

  • GregoryM-del
    12/09/2017 - 04:11 p.m.

    The Grizzly bear is maintaining numbers Yellowstone. Wildlife officials are discussing whether or not to hold a public hunt. The population has been large since the early 2000’s.

  • ChloeR-del
    12/09/2017 - 07:05 p.m.

    This article is about grizzly bears possibly being hunted again in Yellowstone Park region which is located in three states:Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho. The bears are holding up steady, so officials in those three states are thinking of allowing people to hunt them again. There is a debate between people that want to hunt them and people that don't. For example some people are saying that "hunting could reverse the species' hard-fought recovery from near extermination in the last century." On the other hand people are saying the population will go back to normal afterwards.

  • EthanG-del1
    12/09/2017 - 08:14 p.m.

    A summary of the article is that around Yellowstone National Park the numbers of grizzly bears are holding strong. This is a good thing because there has been somewhat of a plummet in the past, but now the Grizzlies are being seen more. This is great because we don't want another great species to go extinct and will be gone forever. Hopefully they can do something about it.

  • GemmaV-del
    12/09/2017 - 11:18 p.m.

    The Grizzly bear is maintaining numbers Yellowstone. Wildlife officials are discussing whether or not to hold a public hunt. The population has been large since the early 2000’s.

  • OlivierJ-del
    12/10/2017 - 12:28 a.m.

    I feel that the park should not enforce new laws that allow hunting of bears. These animals are truly beautiful and It is wrong to kill them. I love bears and I hope that the bear population continues to grow.

  • JosephF-del
    12/10/2017 - 08:49 a.m.

    This article is about grizzly bears staying at Yellowstone and growing in population. This is great because now the bear won't go extinct.

  • JuliaA -del
    12/10/2017 - 09:19 a.m.

    The main idea of this article is the fact that grizzly population in Yellowstone National Park are increasing. To stop this massive overgrowth, management removals and highways has killed more than 50 bears in three years. The grizzly population only increase to 695 bears to 718.

  • SaraM-del
    12/10/2017 - 12:37 p.m.

    This article is about grizzly bears. The Yellowstone National Park has been keeping them at a steady population. I thought this article was okay.

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