A limited grizzly bear (Ursus arctos horribilis) hunt near Yellowstone National Park was recently approved by the Idaho Fish and Game Commission. The state will provide one randomly-selected Idaho resident with a single grizzly bear tag between Sept. 1 and Nov. 15. It will be the first time the state has held a grizzly bear hunting season in more than 40 years.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service declared the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem grizzly population was recovered and removed it from the Endangered Species Act last June. The population spans areas in Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho.
In March, the Wyoming Game and Fish Department developed grizzly bear hunting regulations for the fall of 2018 that would allow for the take of 23 bears. Due to ongoing legal battles over the bears’ federal protections, Montana will not hold a hunt this year.
Read more from Reuters.
Read The Wildlife Society’s standing position on Hunting and the Final Position Statement Delisting of Grizzly Bears in the Greater Yellowstone Area.