What's Going On: November-December 2004
Wyoming's grizzly bears need your help right now-- because state officials are proposing to shrink the area where grizzly bears are allowed in Wyoming. Wyoming's current plan already excludes grizzly bears from other parts of the state, such as the Bighorns and Snowy Range, and they're proposing to cut back even more.
200 years ago, during the time of Lewis & Clark, there were an estimated 50,000 grizzly bears in the United States. Today there are fewer than 1,600 in the lower 48.
You can help protect the future of these remaining grizzly bears by writing comments to the Wyoming Game and Fish Department and letting them know that you want bears to expand where there are adequate food sources, fewer roads and developments, and where they aren't likely to get into conflicts with people. In your comments, please consider including the following points:
1. Allow bear movements to define where they can be, and allow for recovery of grizzlies in all suitable habitat, including the Wyoming and Wind River Ranges, the Northern and Southern Absarokas, the Owl Creeks, Gros Ventres, and Northern Tetons.
2. Resolve on-the-ground human-bear conflicts and reduce unnecessary grizzly bear deaths by developing citizen teams in Wyoming communities near bear habitat that would address problems and develop solutions. Such an effort could reduce chronic problems, improve human safety and promote co-existence with grizzlies. Human-caused grizzly mortalities this year underscore the need for such efforts with 16 bears already dead, breaching allowable mortality limits.
3. Do not raise or eliminate human-caused mortality limits. In order to maintain an accurate picture of grizzly bear recovery, all bears should be included in the annual population-wide count, and Wyoming should not be allowed to exclude bears living in areas like the Wyoming and Wind River Ranges, from the population.
For more information, please contact:
Lloyd Dorsey, Greater Yellowstone Coalition, 307-734-6004 firstname.lastname@example.org
Meredith Taylor, Wyoming Outdoor Council, 307-455-2161 email@example.com
Fred Smith, Jackson Hole Conservation Alliance, 307-733-9417 firstname.lastname@example.org
David Gaillard, Predator Conservation Alliance, 406-587-3389 email@example.com
Kim Davitt, American Wildlands, 406-586-8175 firstname.lastname@example.org
Steve Thomas, Sierra Club, 307-672-0425 email@example.com
Please attend an open house in your area and let the Wyoming Game and Fish know that grizzlies should be allowed to expand their home range to secure a better chance at long-term survival.
If you cannot make it to an open house, please write a letter to the Wyoming Game and Fish at:
Wyoming Game and Fish Department
ATTN: Grizzly Bear Occupancy
5400 Bishop Blvd
Cheyenne, WY 82006-0001
Comments must be received by December 31st.
Wyoming Grizzly Bear Management Proposal Open Houses
Hosted by Wyoming Game and Fish Department
(All meetings begin at 7pm)
Nov. 15 - Green River - WWCC Green River Campus, John Wesley Powell Room
Nov. 16 - Afton - National Guard Armory
Nov. 17 - Jackson - Snow King Resort, Grand Room
Nov. 18 - Pinedale - Senior Center
Nov. 30 - Laramie - UW Classroom Building, Room 117
Dec. 1 - Casper - Casper WGFD Office, Pronghorn Room
Dec. 2 - Sheridan - Sheridan College, CTEL Presentation Hall
Dec. 6 - Dubois - Headwater Arts and Conferences Center
Dec. 7 - Riverton - Riverton Holiday Inn
Dec. 8 - Thermopolis - Bighorn Federal Savings Bank
De.c. 9 - Cody - Cody Holiday Inn