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Wyoming wildlife official says he supports grizzly bear hunting in the state

Grizzly Bear

POWELL, Wyo. — A Wyoming wildlife manager says he supports hunting grizzly bears now that the population in the Yellowstone National Park area has reached the highest level in decades.

Researchers said last month that more than 600 grizzlies roam the Yellowstone area of Wyoming, Montana and Idaho.

That's more than three times the number in 1975, when hunting was outlawed and the species was placed on the endangered list.

Mark Bruscino, supervisor of the Wyoming Game and Fish Department bear management program, tells the Powell Tribune that he favors hunting to manage the grizzly population.

Bruscino says he and his department support the bear recovery program, but the best habitat areas are now full and bears are moving into marginal areas.

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-- Associated Press

Photo: A grizzly moves through brush in Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming. Credit: James Peaco / Associated Press

 
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Bruscino doesn't speak for or represent the interests of many Wyomingites. Wyoming Game & Fish takes it's orders from cattle and sheep producers, as well as outfitters and hunters.

When Bruscino states that the best grizzly habitat areas are now full, he's wrong. Grizzlies could move deeper into the Wind River and Wyoming ranges, if it weren't for the PRIVATELY OWNED LIVESTOCK being grazed for cheap on OUR PUBLIC LANDS, which are National Forest and BLM lands.

Livestock producers are grazing their livestock for cheap and they want an unnatural, predator free environment for their livestock. They want taxpayers to subsidize their operations through cheap grazing fees and pay for removal of predators via the federal agency, Wildlife Services. So much for the the good old "cowboy independence" thinking; livestock producers curse the feds on one hand but have the other open for anything they can get. On our public lands, you can graze one head of cattle, which is a mother cow and a calf, for $1.35 a month. Try feeding a cat for a month for $1.35. It's all about cheap grass, folks, at taxpayer's expense. Grazing fees don't even cover the administration costs.

It's time to end welfare ranching in Idaho, Montana and Wyoming.

Less than 5% of America's beef comes from livestock grazed on public lands. We'd never miss it.

And our wildlife would benefit greatly.


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