Write or Call the Wyoming Office of Tourism, Wyoming Chamber of Commerce, Governor of Wyoming, The Wyoming Game and Fish Commission and the Director of the Wyoming Game and Fish Department. Urge them to stop the Grizzly Hunt!
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URGENT! Wyoming Office of Tourism
Call 307-777-7777. Email the Office of Tourism [email protected] and ask them to apply pressure to call off the grizzly bear hunt. Tell them that you will travel elsewhere until the hunt is stopped!
URGENT! Wyoming Chambers of Commerce
Call and email these Wyoming Chambers of Commerce and ask them to apply pressure to call off the grizzly bear hunt. Tell them that you will travel elsewhere until the hunt is stopped!
- Wyoming State Chamber of Commerce
307-760-3897, [email protected]
- Cody Chamber of Commerce
307-587-2777, [email protected]
- Dubois Chamber of Commerce
307-455-2556, [email protected]
- Jackson Chamber of Commerce
- Lander Chamber of Commerce
307-332-3892, [email protected]
Governor Matt Mead
Gov. Matt Mead: c/o [email protected]
Wyoming Game and Fish Department
WGFD Director Scott Talbott, [email protected]
Grizzly bear deaths are too high to allow trophy hunting on top of escalating grizzly bear mortalities in Wyoming, without jeopardizing the health of the population in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. As of Aug. 4, we are seeing record high levels of mortality in a population that has not been growing since 2002 — and could well be declining now.
Four of five of mortalities in Greater Yellowstone are occurring in Wyoming, and according to government officials, most are avoidable. Wyoming managers could be doing much more to reduce the leading causes of grizzly bear deaths: livestock and big game hunter related conflicts. Proven steps to reduce these conflicts include better livestock husbandry practices and use of livestock guardian dogs. To reduce big game hunter conflicts, the state should require hunters to quickly remove gut piles, body parts and limbs from the field and to use bear spray.
Grizzly bears are big money in Wyoming. In the Greater Yellowstone, visitors spend nearly 3/4 of a billion dollars per year to enjoy the Park, with a glimpse of a grizzly in the flesh being a top goal for visitors.
Wyoming Game and Fish could go a long way to improving management of grizzlies and other wildlife in the state by broadening the agency’s funding base beyond hunters and fishers to include wildlife watchers, and by expanding the representation on the Commission to include those who do not hunt and trap wildlife.
The Wyoming Game and Fish Department does not have adequate regulations in place to protect the Grizzly Bear under state management:
1) There is no regulation that requires elk, bison, and deer hunters to carry and use bear spray first when facing a Grizzly Bear.
2) There is no regulation that defines how to use bear spray or explains how and why it does work.
3) There is no regulation that defines what is the penalty for shooting a grizzly bear unnecessarily when all evidence indicates bear spray was an option.
4) There is no regulation that defines what is the act of self-defense in the shooting of a grizzly bear.
5) The statutory restitution for the illegal killing of a grizzly bear is $25,000, but it is not stated in the regulations. The public is entitled to the restitution for that loss of our treasured natural resource, and it should be required for each illegally killed bear, mistaken ID or only alleged self-defense.
6) Wildlife should be managed according to the North American model, in the Public Trust, based upon science and without frivolous waste.
7) WGFD should work with local government agencies to enforce bear-proof trash bins in grizzly bear habitat in both the DMA and Hunt Area 7. If a bear is killed due to a food reward from an illegal trash can, a statutory restitution for each bear should be cited.