Wyoming to vote on biggest grizzly hunt in lower 48 states
Posted: 11:36 AM, May 23, 2018
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Jim Peaco, NPS
<p><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Arial; font-size: 10pt; white-space: pre-wrap;"><strong>Number 6: Yellowstone National Park</strong>. 4,257,177 people visited our Nation’s first national park in 2016. Yellowstone is truly one of a kind. The park features incredible scenery, such as the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, Yellowstone Lake, Mammoth Hot Springs and of course Old Faithful. Wildlife also attracts many visitors. <a href="http://trailmob.com/field-guides/fauna/hoofed-mammals/bison" target="_blank">Bison</a>, <a href="http://trailmob.com/field-guides/fauna/cats-dogs-bears/black-bear" target="_blank">black bears</a>, <a href="http://trailmob.com/field-guides/fauna/cats-dogs-bears/grizzly-bear" target="_blank">grizzly bears</a>, <a href="http://trailmob.com/field-guides/fauna/cats-dogs-bears/gray-wolf" target="_blank">wolves</a>, <a href="http://trailmob.com/field-guides/fauna/hoofed-mammals/elk" target="_blank">elk</a>, <a href="http://trailmob.com/field-guides/fauna/hoofed-mammals/mule-deer" target="_blank">mule deer</a>, <a href="http://trailmob.com/field-guides/field-guide-to-birds-of-north-america/birds-of-prey" target="_blank">birds of prey</a> and many other species of mammals and birds call Yellowstone home. Here is a <a href="http://trailmob.com/article/an-insiders-guide-to-yellowstone-national-park" target="_blank">Yellowstone National Park visitor guide</a>.</span></p>
Wyoming will decide Wednesday whether to allow grizzly bear hunting for the first time in decades.
Under the proposed rules before the Wyoming Game and Fish Commission, hunting would begin Sept. 1 in the mountains and basins farthest from Yellowstone and Grand Teton. Hunting closer to the parks would begin Sept. 15 and end in all areas by Nov. 15.
Environmental groups and Native American tribes say the hunt would undermine decades of work to restore grizzlies in the Yellowstone ecosystem. About 700 grizzlies now inhabit the region that includes parts of Idaho and Montana.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service removed protections for Yellowstone-area grizzlies in 2017 after listing them as a threatened species since 1975.
Montana has not yet allowed grizzly hunting. Idaho will allow one grizzly to be hunted this fall
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