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Not apparently deterred by inconsistency, Debolt went on to make the opposite point, claiming that bears are causing intolerable problems because they are expanding beyond the Demographic Monitoring Area (DMA) where they are less “socially acceptable.” But the map shows that almost all the captures — maybe 52 out of 59 – occurred inside the DMA, where you expect most bears to be. A resolution and separate bill seek to strip federal endangered species protections from grizzlies and reinstate a hunt.

Not apparently deterred by inconsistency, Debolt went on to make the opposite point, claiming that bears are causing intolerable problems because they are expanding beyond the Demographic Monitoring Area (DMA) where they are less “socially acceptable.” But the map shows that almost all the captures — maybe 52 out of 59 – occurred inside the DMA, where you expect most bears to be. A resolution and separate bill seek to strip federal endangered species protections from grizzlies and reinstate a hunt.

The bill was a direct link to the tragic fatal mauling of hunting guide Mark Uptain last fall.

While a recently released final investigation report by WGF on Uptain’s death made it clear that bear spray, if properly deployed, could have saved his life (more on that in an upcoming essay), regressive politicians are using the tragedy to fuel anti-bear furor.

Industry has long benefited by wresting power from the federal government.

Local officials are easier to intimidate, manipulate, and seduce.

Several inane bills are being debated in the state legislature that presume to strip federal grizzly bear protections and institute a grizzly bear hunt with the stated goal of “ensuring public safety.” Brian Debolt of Wyoming Game and Fish further fueled public confusion by publicly claiming that the 59 grizzly bears captured during conflicts last year was “about normal,” when that number is, in fact, twice the 2005-2017 annual average.

And after only a few days in office as Wyoming’s Governor, Mark Gordon called for punitive management of grizzly bears by the state, saying to a group of reporters: “bears have no respect for us.” His statement fits squarely in the tradition of invoking violence and punishment as means of instilling “respect,” which is conservative shorthand for “fear.” Last week’s antics build on widespread anti-bear vitriol in the “Equality State” that seems to be increasing since the Judge’s ruling.And the pervasive ranchers turned state politicians hold their leash as well.Amping up these dependencies, those who go into state game management agencies are invariably hunters and often wannabe cowboys.In the current climate, it doesn’t seem to matter that there are reasons for the conflicts, proven techniques to avoid them, and federal laws that supersede state authority. But to Wyoming’s elites in the ranching and outfitting industries who profit from the public domain, delisting bears is an ideological issue, but also yet another opportunity to make money at public expense. Certainly, outfitting grizzly bear trophy hunts would be big bucks, with one hunt going for ,000 or more.I would have thought that the boundaries of federal and state authority were definitively settled in the 1860s—after the Civil War. And it would be the outfitters who profit most from a hunt, not any of the state wildlife management agencies that would be charging a relative pittance for grizzly bear hunting licenses.Debolt and others reserve special animosity for those who oppose divesting authority over managing of Yellowstone’s grizzly bears to the states — especially those who are half-way successful in their opposition, including my husband David and yours truly.This truly astounding and unseemly behavior by state wildlife managers is a long-standing tradition.This toll is about half of the total 65 grizzlies that died ecosystem-wide.Moreover, the 2018 deaths are 30% higher in Wyoming than the previous record set during 2016.Until the 1990s, attraction to human food and garbage was the leading cause of human-bear conflicts and resulting bear deaths.Managers routinely killed bears that had become hooked on human foods and, because of that, more aggressive.

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