Grizzly Bear Restoration in North Cascades Rejected by DOI

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OMAK, WASHINGTON – U.S. Secretary of the Interior David L. Bernhardt announced today at a roundtable with community members in Omak, Washington that the Department of the Interior (Department) will not move forward with a new Grizzly Bear Restoration Plan for the North Cascades Ecosystem and the associated Environmental Impact Statement (EIS).

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USFWS Grizzly Delist Appeal

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The USFWS lost its appeal to delist the GYE grizz in 9th Circuit. I have also attached a court doc. This is disappointing news, we somewhat expected it but had held out hopes the efforts of all involved on the grizzly recovery would have their work deemed successful.

In essence the 3 judge panel upheld Judge Christensen’s opinion that grizzly bears in the GYE stay listed. This was a bunch of plaintiff’s against FWS but Wyoming, Montana, Idaho and others were intervenors as well and did put together a lot of information as to why grizzly bears should be delisted, there were 3 primary points of contention:

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Can We Bear The Bias Film

If you missed the Can We Bear the Bias event this past March in Bozeman, MT don’t fret. Full video of the expert panel and Shane Mahoney of Conservation Visions Inc. talk is available from our partners at Right To Roam podcast. Check out there Patreon page to watch! We would like to do more of these and support from you is crucial!

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Montana: Anglers, Campers, Hikers, Hunters Cautioned About Grizzly Bear Expansion

Grizzly BearU.S. Fish and Wildlife Service staff observed a grizzly bear on the morning of June 14 at the Benton Lake National Wildlife Refuge, about 10 miles northeast of Great Falls in Cascade County.

Officials first thought the bear was the sibling of the bear that died earlier this week of insecticide poisoning. However, the bear observed at Benton Lake NWR is noticeably larger than the sibling bear (300 pounds vs. 130 pounds), and FWP biologists have determined it is a different bear. [Read more…]

Idaho: Resident Hunters Can Apply for Grizzly Bear Hunt Through July 15

Idaho Fish and GameFish and Game will accept controlled hunt applications for a 2018 grizzly bear tag June 15 through July 15. The drawing is limited to Idaho residents with a valid Idaho hunting license.

Hunters can apply at any Fish and Game license vendor, at Fish and Game regional offices, online at idfg.idaho.gov/buy-online , or by mail. All mailed applications must be postmarked no later than July 15. [Read more…]

Wyoming Grizzly Bear Hunting Regulations

Here is what you need to know!

Wyoming Grizzly Bear RegulationsWyoming Grizzly Bear Hunting Draft Regulations where released.  We have been following this for some time and are pleased with the work put in to get these regulations out this year. If all goes as planned the first Grizzly Bear Hunt in Wyoming in over 40 years will take place this fall.  We have studied the regulations and broke out the key points below. [Read more…]

Grizzly Hunt Rule in Montana

Western-Bear-Foundation-LogoJust an update quickly on the recent ruling by the Montana Commissioners to not enact a hunting season for grizzly bears this year.

We actively supported the idea of having a hunting season for grizzly bears in Montana this year. Due to the recent delisting and movement of control into state hands there was an opportunity for Montana to have such a season. We sent letters to commission and worked with other stakeholders to try and influence a decision but as many of you heard that was a futile effort as the commission voted unanimously against a season. Where were a little frustrated at the process as the Director of Montana FWP came out before the ruling stating there will be no hunting of grizzly bears in Montana in 2018. This all came out by her prior to the vote by the commission who is the only authority to in the state to decide on such a hunt. It was handled poorly to say the least. [Read more…]

Idaho Grizzly Bear Management Proposal

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For immediate release:  July 7, 2016

Public input sought on hunting rule proposals for the Greater Yellowstone population of grizzly bears

Idaho Department of Fish and Game is gathering public comments on rules for potential future hunting of the Greater Yellowstone population of grizzly bears in eastern Idaho once it is no longer listed as threatened under the federal Endangered Species Act. [Read more…]

Grizzly Bear Recovery Leadership Heads to North Idaho for Annual Summer Meeting

IGBCGrizzly Bear Recovery ZonesMISSOULA – The Interagency Grizzly Bear Committee (IGBC), the multi-agency committee responsible for coordinating the recovery of grizzly bears in the continental United States and adjacent Canadian Provinces will be taking their annual summer meeting to the North Idaho. The IGBC will be meeting at the Kootenai River Lodge in Bonners Ferry, Idaho, starting on June 22 and ending June 23. [Read more…]

USFWS to Delist the Yellowstone Ecosystem Grizzly Bear

 

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Hello Everyone,
We are sending you out a word or two on that decision and how we will move forward as well as some updates on what we are doing on the ground In Montana, Idaho, and Wyoming. [Read more…]