Brown Bear Hunting News

Huffaker on Hand for Grizzly Delist Announcement
Idaho Fish and Game Director Steve Huffaker will be on hand Tuesday in Washington D.C. when U.S. Interior Secretary Gayle Norton announces the end to the Yellowstone grizzly's time on the endangered species list.
FWP Reminds Hunters to be Aware of Bears
At the start of the 2005 hunting season, Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks again reminds hunters and recreationists to be bear aware when they head into the field.
Grizzly Bear Control Permits Available
Permits to participate in the State sponsored bear control program in eastern Interior Alaska will be available April 1 from Fish and Game offices in Tok, Fairbanks, Anchorage and Palmer.
Grizzly Bear Comment Period Extended
The deadline for written comments on the Grizzly Bear Occupancy Management Plan has been extended from Dec. 31 to Jan. 14, 2005. "We want to ensure that everyone has an opportunity to provide 'thoughtful comments' on our proposal, therefore we are extending the deadline an additional 14 days," said John Emmerich, assistant Wildlife Division chief for the Game and Fish Department.
Grizzly Bear Scoping Meeting Dates Set
In 2003, FWP completed a review of the management program for grizzlies in southwestern Montana in the area around Yellowstone National Park. The agency is now developing plans for the federally-recognized Northern Continental Divide Ecosystem, the Cabinet/Yaak Ecosystem, and portions of the Bitterroot Ecosystem in Montana, as well as lands between these ecosystems.
AFGA Reconfirms Support for Grizzly Bear Hunt
With much discussion surrounding grizzly bears, including a recommendation to list them as a threatened species, which would mean no more hunting for the species in Alberta, the AFGA reconfirms its position that the very limited entry hunt should be continued.
2004 Grizzly Bear Hunt App Available
A total of 73 licences will be issued for this spring’s hunt. As all hunters know, these licences provide hunting opportunities only. Only a fraction of hunters are expected to be successful in harvesting a bear—it’s hard to find them at any time.
Efforts to Ban Bear Hunting With Bait Fail
Attempts to sneak an anti-bear hunting bill through Congress failed after the U.S. Sportsmen’s Alliance and other sportsmen’s organizations rallied America’s hunters, anglers and trappers to oppose a last minute amendment to the Department of Interior spending bill.
Black Bear Hunter Fined for Shooting Grizzly Bear
Being sure of your target is one of the fundamental rules of safe hunting. Violating this rule can cost hundreds of dollars and a great deal of embarrassment. Mitchell Brian Yarrington found this out May 26 when he went black bear hunting west of Thermopolis. Yarrington mistakenly shot and killed a 5-year old male grizzly bear weighing approximately 350 pounds thinking that he had taken an uncommon, blonde-phased black bear.
Bear Hunting Defense Task Force Testifies to Congress
Leaders representing the National Bear Hunting Defense Task Force, a coalition of sportsmen’s groups established by the U.S. Sportsmen’s Alliance to fight federal anti-bear hunting legislation, testified on June 12 to urge a House subcommittee to protect bear hunting on federal land.