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Re: Many in Support of Hunting Yellowstone Bears

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avatar Many in Support of Hunting Yellowstone Bears
November 28, 2010 05:37PM
It seems like there is a constant cycle of putting animals on endangered lists, then hunting them when they exceed a proper population. That is exactly what the grizzly bear outlook appears to be in Yellowstone National Park. And many are in support of the hunting of grizzlies; even the supervisor of the Wyoming Game and Fish Department bear management program.

http://usparks.about.com/b/2010/11/28/yellowstone-bears-hunted.htm
Re: Many in Support of Hunting Yellowstone Bears
November 28, 2010 11:02PM
I don't necessarily advocate the hunting of those creatures, but I would like to see or hear some accurate and honest surveys of their numbers for adequate planning. I believe the current guesstimate is 603 grizzly bear in the Great Yellowstone Ecosystem, but a retired grizzly specialist told me in the past two weeks that the number probably exceeds 1,000.

I wonder if a little re-introduction to their former habitats - U-zamati, San Jose and others - might be appropriate. It just might also clear up some of the black bear car clouts that have been occurring for the past 40 years that I know of . . .grizzlies just love Ursus Americanus!
avatar Re: Many in Support of Hunting Yellowstone Bears
November 29, 2010 07:17AM
Original story: http://powelltribune.com/index.php/content/view/3921/58/

I wonder if the "increased numbers" reflect better DNA-based surveys from collected bear hair or scat samples. None of those methods were available widely and cheaply even 10 years ago.



The cure for a fallacious argument is a better argument, not the suppression of ideas.
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Re: Many in Support of Hunting Yellowstone Bears
November 29, 2010 11:54PM
You have no idea how I hope you are correct. I fight cynicism on this and other issues every day, and I can only hope that it is not actually a "news management" or "First-liar-doesn't-have-a-chance" scenario.
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