December 12, 2019

Or Maybe We Are All Gonna Die: Possible Grizzly Bear Hunts on the Horizon

Panic is setting in with the environmentalists and animal rights perverts as they learn of two public hearings scheduled to receive input about possibly having limited grizzly bear hunts. Disaster and a slaughter of the grizzly’s population in Idaho will happen, according to bear lovers, because it┬áplans on allowing ONE male bear to be killed…ONE!

“The formula for the number of bears that can be hunted in each state involves a region surrounding Yellowstone National Park called the Demographic Monitoring Area. The number of bears for each state is based on how much land area is in the monitoring area. The number of bears allowed to be hunted in total is based on mortality studies. The result is that this year, Idaho can hunt one male bear and Montana six male bears. Wyoming can hunt 10 male bears and two female bears.”<<<Read More>>>

Officials say they will “educate” hunters on how to identify a male grizzly from a female grizzly. Isn’t it risky to get close enough to a grizzly bear to be able to tell which genitalia they may be sporting? Perhaps if you wait and watch long enough you can watch one of them urinating in order to tell the difference.

But seriously, how difficult is it to identify male and female outside of the obvious? I’ve never hunted them. For that matter, I don’t recall that I’ve ever encountered a grizzly up close and personal. But, I think I could tell a fully mature adult male grizzly from a female. Like with today’s young ‘uns it’s difficult to tell the difference in sexes in immature bears.

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Moose Hunt Hearing in Greenville

On Friday, April 24, 2015, the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife (MDIFW) will be holding a public hearing in Greenville, Maine at 6 p.m. at the Greenville Consolidated School. The purpose of the meeting is to receive public comment on MDIFW’s proposal to issue moose hunting permits for the harvest of 100 bull moose and 50 cow (antlerless) moose. Some people in the area think that the moose population is too low to support that number of harvested moose as well as provide for successful guiding for moose watchers.

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Wolf Stamp Hearing and Comment Extension

From an email I received:

Due to a large number of comments and requests, the wolf stamp proposal will have an extended comment period until August 22. There will be a public hearing on Thursday, August 14, at 6 p.m. The hearing will be held simultaneously in Helena, Kalispell, Missoula, Bozeman, Great Falls, Billings, Miles City, and Glasgow, at FWP headquarters in each city. (1420 East 6th Ave. in Helena)

Fish Wildlife & Parks Department has proposed to create wolf management stamps for sale to anyone who wishes to donate to the department’s management of wolves. Each stamp will be $20.00; a person may buy multiple stamps. The money derived from sale of the stamps will be considered a donation, and must first be used to pay for the cost of administering the stamp program. The remainder of the money must be equally divided into: a) grants for livestock loss reduction program; b) wolf monitoring, habitat protection or acquisition within occupied wolf habitat, scientific research of wolves, or public education and outreach activities relating to wolves; c)hiring of additional wardens within occupied wolf habitat.

This is a brand new idea, that has never been tried anywhere before. It has the potential to change the structure of wildlife management.

Supporters view the stamp as similar to a lottery ticket for a big game hunting license, or an auction license: a way to donate to wolf conservation.

Concerns have been expressed that issuing a species-specific stamp separate from a hunting or trapping license is contrary to the North American model of wildlife conservation, and could give anti-hunters an equal footing with scientific wildlife managers in decision making.

Some question how much money the proposed stamp would generate for the purposes proposed; after administrative costs are taken, will it raise meaningful dollars?

Sportsmen for Wildlife and MOGA have suggested that the conservation license already exists as a way for people to contribute to wildlife conservation, without limiting the expenditure of funds to only one species, and without creating a new program to administer.

We all need to pay attention to this. If you haven’t commented, you may do so at fwpwld@mt.gov, or mail to Wolf Stamp Comments, Communication and Education Division, P. O. Box 200701, Helena, MT 59620-0701. Hopefully there will be a large turnout at the hearings, as well.

Mary Ellen Schnur

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