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- An adult grizzly bear and cubs.
Idaho Fish and Game wants the public to weigh in on the possibility of putting grizzly bears in the cross hairs.
Bears near Yellowstone are no longer listed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act and this week, IDFG announced it had crafted proposed rules in the event grizzlies in eastern Idaho are hunted. Hunting would be limited, though. For example, if approved, an Idaho hunter would only be allowed to kill one grizzly in his lifetime. However, wildlife advocates are pushing back.
According to a press release from the Sierra Club, Glenn Hockett, president of Gallatin Wildlife Association said during a briefing, "People and bears can, and must, co-exist for the long-term health of our region. Grizzly bears here must be allowed to roam and mate with bears from other areas, so they don't slide back toward extinction."
The proposed hunt comes at the same time the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said it would consider removing Yellowstone grizzly bears from the endangered species list.
Meanwhile, the Idaho Fish and Game public comment period on the proposed grizzly hunt will run through Wednesday, July 27. See the proposed rules and comment by clicking here.