Brown Bear Hunting News

Wyoming Seeks to Remove Grizzly Bear from Federal Protection List, Potentially Open Hunting Season

The Governor of Wyoming, Matt Mead, recently wrote a letter to Department of the Interior (DOI) Secretary Ken Salazar asking him to remove the federal protection awarded to grizzly bears under the Endangered Species Act. Mead also asked the DOI to expedite the review for federal protections for Yellowstone bear populations to under two years.

Rough Weather Strands Philadelphia Eagles’ Jason Babin During Alaskan Bear Hunt

Jason Babin, defensive end for the Philadelphia Eagles, had one of the better excuses to miss a team activity in the history of the NFL. He was stranded along with his guide in Cold Bay, Alaska living off melted glacier water and freeze-dried food for several days.

Research Suggests Spray is Safer than Firearms in Preventing Bear Attacks

Photo: Mark A. PhilbrickA firearm may seem like a more reliable item to carry in the backcountry than non-lethal spray, but according to two recent studies, firearms are no more effective than self-defense spray when it comes to handling bears. Two studies led by Brigham Young University Bear Biologist and Associate Professor of Wildlife Science Thomas S. Smith concluded that firearms don’t guarantee protection.

Idaho Bear Managers Put Down Conditioned Grizzly Bear

Trappers from U.S. Department of Agriculture Wildlife Services with help from Idaho Fish and Game, on April 22, euthanized a three-year old female grizzly that had come out of hibernation and started getting into garbage cans in a subdivision near the Idaho-Wyoming border outside Driggs.

Montana Biologists to Begin Grizzly Bear Capturing for Research and Management

As part of an Interagency Program to monitor the population of grizzly bears in the Northern Continental Divide Ecosystem (NCDE), Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks, the US Fish & Wildlife Service, the National Park Service, and Tribal wildlife managers are working to inform the public that pre-baiting and scientific capture operations are once again about to begin in parts of western Montana.

Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks' Bear Specialists Report

Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks bear management specialists meet every year in mid-March to prepare for "bear season." About that same time, male grizzly bears are stirring, soon to emerge from their dens.

This natural cycle affects Montanans too—it is why April 1 is the target date for bringing in winter bird feeders and seed, cleaning yards and collecting and disposing of bear attractants that have accumulated over the winter.

Bear Control Program Approved on Middle Kuskokwim River, Alaska

The Board of Game voted unanimously to take steps to increase the moose population in the middle Kuskokwim River area by establishing a bear control program.

The approved bear predation control area is located in some of the best moose habitat along the middle Kuskokwim River, which previously supported high levels of harvest for hunters throughout the Kuskokwim drainage and elsewhere.

Montana Hunter's Bear Identification Training Required

Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks reminds all black bear hunters it is their responsibility to avoid mistakenly shooting a grizzly bear during the state's upcoming spring black bear hunt. Montana's spring black bear hunting season begins April 15.

Before first-time bear hunters can purchase a black bear hunting license, he or she must be certified by successfully completing FWP's bear identification training. FWP offers a bear identification training course online at fwp.mt.gov on the Hunter Education page.

Bear, Lion and Wolf Seminars Teach Large Predator Safety in Wyoming

Would you know what to do if you suddenly encountered a wolf or grizzly bear while hiking, if a black bear entered your camp looking for food, or if you were surprised by a mountain lion in your back yard?

If you're not sure how to react in these situations, plan to attend one of the Wyoming Game and Fish Department's "Staying Safe in Bear, Lion, and Wolf Country" seminars.

Alaska Bear Collar Camera Video Clips Available for Viewing

The Alaska Department of Fish and Game, Division of Wildlife Conservation has posted online, nine 10-second video clips and a 13-minute compilation of a day’s worth of clips obtained from research cameras mounted on bear collars.

“The video clips provide an interesting perspective and important information in the daily habits of these brown bears,” said Bruce Dale, ADF&G, Division of Wildlife Regional Supervisor. “It’s exciting to see the bear’s view, and we thought that the public would be interested in these clips.”