Officials at Idaho Fish and Game are coming up with guidelines for a proposed grizzly bear hunt later in the fall.
The grizzly – an icon of the American wilderness – was first listed as an endangered species in 1975 when fewer than 150 of the creatures roamed the area around Yellowstone National Park. Their numbers having increased to over 700, the Interior Department delisted the Yellowstone population last year.
That opened the door to hunting the mighty beasts in the three-state area surrounding the park. For its part, Idaho is exploring a season that would allow one male bear to be killed. That one tag would be given out by way of a lottery.
“Just like our other controlled hunts,” according to Roger Phillips, a spokesperson for Fish and Game. He compares the speculative grizzly season to hunts the state manages for moose, sheep and mountain goats.
“It would be one entry per person, and it would also be a once-in-a-lifetime hunt,” Phillips says. “If the person harvests, then they would not be allowed to participate in future grizzly bear hunts.”
Fish and Game are compiling information about the grizzly season and will present their findings to the seven-member commission that oversees the department in May.
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