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One Hunt One Male Grizzly Bear
As of July 31st, 2017, the grizzly bears of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem (GYE) are no longer protected by the Endangered Species Act. The bears – now under the management of individual states – will likely face hunting in the near future. WWA believes unequivocally that this is the wrong decision, made for the wrong reasons.
Two of the four traditional foods that grizzlies rely on have been seriously impacted by climate change, and a third is vulnerable, meaning bears now have to travel further to find enough to eat.
Whitebark Pine is functionally extinct in many areas of the GYE due to beetle infestations and blister rust, and the bears no longer get the benefit of this high-fat, high-protein food to fatten up before hibernation.
Cutthroat Trout have been almost completely displaced by invasive lake trout which dwell deeper than cutthroat trout and so are no longer available as a food source.
Army cutworm moths thrive on certain high-altitude plants; as higher elevations see shorter winters and warmer summers, conditions become more difficult for those plants.
For now, elk – the grizzlies’ fourth critical food source – are abundant in the GYE. However, it is only a matter of time before Chronic Wasting Disease is discovered in these herds. It’s unknown how the disease will impact these elk, but a large-scale die-off could spell further bad news for grizzlies.
Conflicts With Humans
As traditional food sources for grizzly bears diminish, they are forced to travel further to discover sufficient food for themselves and their cubs. Ranging outside of the National Parks can often mean traversing land that is used for grazing cattle, is home to humans, or is traversed by busy – and deadly – roads.
In 2016, a record number of grizzlies died as a result of conflicts with humans. Of a total 58 bears that died, nearly 70% of them were determined to be human-caused. In Jackson Hole alone, two young cubs were killed when they were hit by vehicles.
With so many bears dying, do they really need to face hunters, too?
Take Action to Stop the Wyoming Grizzly Hunt. Public Comment Deadline April 30, 2018 5:00 PM
Make your voice heard and submit a comment on the Wyoming Game and Fish Department's website at the link below.
Look for "Chapter 68, Grizzly Bear Hunting Seasons" and then click on submit public comment, which is the fourth link down under that section.
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