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Wyoming deflects negative comments aimed at grizzly bear hunt

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As Wyoming moves forward with its controversial grizzly bear hunt for the first time in 44 years, the Wyoming Game and Fish Department (WGFD) has been dealing with some threats and “satanic” comments. While it’s not unusual for WGFD to receive negative comments concerning hunting and fishing regulations, the commission’s unanimous approval of the grizzly bear hunt has made the comments collected reach a new threshold.

Dan Thompson, the large carnivore specialist in charge of the grizzly bear hunt rules, paraphrased the “satanic” comment, which roughly stated that “the hunt would provoke Satanistic blood-lusting violence,” during a hunt planning session in Lander, the Cody Enterprise reports.

“It sounded kind of like a heavy metal song,” Thompson added.

Other threatening comments were turned over to the Wyoming Department of Criminal Investigation for further follow up.

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During the Lander meeting, a printed public comment summary was distributed to attendees, which was a summary of 3,334 public comments in total; however, that did include the total number of comments received. For example, according to the Cody Enterprise, the National Resources Defense Council submitted 58,139 identical comments because it used a form letter and those were counted as a single comment; the Center for Biological Diversity sent in a form with 31,919 names; the Defenders of Wildlife “said it collected 14,982 signatures on an opposition petition and would send names on request,” and the National Parks Association “claimed 1.3 million members and ‘supporters’ opposing the hunt.”

While the Wyoming Outfitters and Guides Association, the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, the Western Bear Foundation and the Utah Archery Association have provided comments in support of the grizzly bear hunt, none of the organizations gave member numbers to back them up. Yet, according to the public comment document summary, 65% supported the hunt as a way to manage the grizzly bear population. As goHUNT previously reported, last month, the Wyoming Game and Fish Commission unanimously approved the grizzly bear hunt and established a quota of 11 bears with only one female bear included.


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Doug W. - posted 11 months ago on 06-13-2018 12:16:44 pm

I would imagine that if all of the input was limited to Wyoming residents (as it should be, this is a WYOMING issue that affects residents of WYOMING 99% of the time, and 1% all of the Natl Park visitors) that the numbers would be vastly different. All of these LOBBYISTS need to understand the reality: in order for the grizzlies to survive, they need an innate fear of humans. That's the way it always has been, and always will be. For goodness sakes, the tourists in Yellowstone probably run over more griz in their speeding SUVs every year than the annual quota in this hunt.

Darrin B. - posted 11 months ago on 06-11-2018 09:06:02 am

Happy to hear WGFD was able to stave off those who literally do not understand the importance of the North American Wildlife Conservation Model.

Gary H. - posted 11 months ago on 06-08-2018 06:43:47 am

The negative comments were probably from people wanting to apply for the tag until they saw that it was going to cost $6000 for non-residents....

Dustin F. - posted 11 months ago on 06-05-2018 12:26:34 pm
Carmel Valley, CA

Mr. Thompson is a gentlemen and a scholar. I appreciate his thorough and diligent work. Social media emotional sentiments biased in an irrational understanding of our natural processes are as stable as ice cubes under the sun. Happy to hear States made a reasonable decision allow the public to help in the management process; thereby reducing costs, aka, our tax dollars.

Erik S. - posted 11 months ago on 06-05-2018 08:02:47 am

I hope Wyoming (MT and Idaho) are able to hold their ground in the future, for the good of all wildlife. I understand where the opposition is coming from, but they must learn to set emotions aside and come to realization that we must manage all wildlife.