Montana judge to rule on first grizzly bear hunt in 40 years

August 29, 2018 by  
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This week, a U.S. judge will hear the arguments presented by Native American tribes and animal activists for the protection of recently demoted Yellowstone-area grizzly bears from the endangered list. The removal of the grizzlies’ protection status has caused states such as Montana, Idaho and Wyoming to launch trophy hunting expeditions in and around Yellowstone National Park for the first time in over 40 years. All in all, 700 American bears are at risk of staring down the barrel since their elimination from the U.S. List of Endangered and Threatened Species in 2017 under the Trump administration. While some states hailed the decision, along with hunters and ranchers who worried about bears preying on their livestock, Native Americans and conservation groups took matters into their own hands, filing lawsuits with the U.S. courts. “We feel all our beliefs, medicines, ceremonies and ancestral ways of life are being disrespected … because a few people want to kill grizzlies … to mount their heads on walls or make rugs for their floors,” explained Crawford White, part of the Northern Arapaho Elders Society, a Wyoming tribe that is supporting the suit for what it feels is a violation of religious freedom. Related: Movement to save grizzly bears from hunters scores a victory Constituents arguing for the hunt said that they met with tribal leaders before allowing up to 22 grizzly bears to be killed in the scheduled hunt, according to Renny MacKay, spokesperson for the Game and Fish Department . They maintain their stance that grizzly populations have exceeded targets for recovery measures and risk over-pouring into the surrounding area. More than 7,000 people have applied to the lottery system, which is accepting 22 individuals into the hunt, one person for every bear to be killed. Some applicants include individuals in the conservation group “Shoot ‘Em with a Camera, Not a Gun,” which has scored at least one of the 22 licenses. The hunt is set to begin September 1 in Wyoming and Idaho, and groups are impatiently awaiting the trial’s commencement to find out whether or not the state of Montana will join as well. Related: Jane Goodall and conservationists move to obtain bear hunting licences in Wyoming The hearing is set for Thursday, and opponents will meet in the U.S. District Court of Montana. The judge presiding over the case will make the final decision whether to restore protective status to the Yellowstone grizzlies or give them up to the hunt. Via Reuters Image via Yellowstone National Park

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Movement to save grizzly bears from hunters scores a victory

July 30, 2018 by  
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Thomas Mangelsen, the animal photographer who brought fame to Yellowstone’s “Grizzly 399,” has been selected to receive a hunting license in Wyoming. Mangelsen was one of 7,000 hopeful lottery applicants to appear on the “Issuance List” released on Thursday by the state’s Game and Fish Department. However, unlike the majority of entrants in Yellowstone’s first bear hunt in nearly half a century, Mangelsen hopes to tag his catch in a photo rather than a body bag. Mangelsen’s application was part of the “Shoot ‘Em with a Camera, Not a Gun” campaign, which wildlife activists launched in an effort to lower the number of hunters granted licenses in Wyoming’s bear permit lottery. The randomly selected candidates were drawn in order of when they will be given access to the hunting grounds; only one ticket holder will be allowed in the zone at a time. Each hunter is given a maximum of 10 days to “tag” – that is to say, kill – a grizzly before the next individual is allowed in. The hunt will last either two months or until the quota of 22 kills is met. Related: Jane Goodall and conservationists move to obtain bear hunting licences in Wyoming Mangelsen was happy to report on Shoot ‘Em With A Camera’s Facebook page that he had drawn the eighth slot in the 2018 hunt and would most likely be able to save at least one bear, or possibly more. “The odds of winning a tag were extremely low considering over 7,000 people applied,” the photographer noted. “There are certain circumstances that would keep me from getting in the field, but if given the opportunity, you can be sure that I will be buying the $600 license and spending all of the allotted ten days hunting with a camera. With only one person allowed in the field at one time, hopefully the ten days I take up will save the lives of some of these amazing animals.” Related: Trump administration wants to allow “extreme and cruel” hunting methods in Alaska The activist group was formed in Jackson, Wyoming on account of the bears’ 2017 removal from the Endangered Species Act list of threatened wildlife and the opening of Wyoming, Idaho, and Montana’s hunting seasons. The group has raised just over $40,000 to stop the hunting expeditions through their Go Fund Me page and allied themselves with a network of environmental champions such as primatologist Jane Goodall and the Center for Biological Diversity’s Stop the Griz Hunt organization. + Shoot ‘Em With A Camera + Go Fund Me + Stop The Griz Hunt Via NPR and USA Today

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Grizzly-polar bear hybrids appear in rapidly warming Arctic

August 10, 2015 by  
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In an unusual twist of the climate change saga, polar bears and grizzly bears are increasingly interbreeding and scientists are taking note. Since 2006, several confirmed and unconfirmed sightings of polar-grizzly hybrids have been reported as climate change alters the habitat and habits of the two species. As the Arctic continues to warm at a disproportionately rapid rate, continued hybridization of bears and other mammals may be inevitable. Read the rest of Grizzly-polar bear hybrids appear in rapidly warming Arctic

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The ESA tests Kombucha resilience on an unprotected journey through space

August 10, 2015 by  
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Samples of kombucha are currently attached to the outside of the International Space Station, exposed to the harsh elements beyond our protective atmosphere. At face value, this may sound downright strange, yet The European Space Agency has its reasons for testing whether the yeast and bacteria in Kombucha can survive an unprotected journey through space. Read the rest of The ESA tests Kombucha resilience on an unprotected journey through space

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Lucy brings the sunshine into every corner of your home

August 10, 2015 by  
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Rome-based Solenica wants to bring the sunshine into your life – literally. For anyone who has dreamed of more sunlight in those dank, dark areas in the home, this brilliant little device – dubbed Lucy – is about to make that fantasy a reality. Lucy works by bouncing sunlight into your space using a solar-powered mirror that follows the sun, reflecting sunlight wherever you need it, all day long. Read the rest of Lucy brings the sunshine into every corner of your home

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Minnesota Hockey Player Shoots Grizzly Bear for Trophies

February 25, 2014 by  
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Last year, Minnesota professional hockey player Clayton Stoner reportedly shot and killed a young male grizzly bear before skinning him and hacking off his head and paws to mount as trophies. But Stoner was not alone. He killed the young grizzly during British Columbia’s annual trophy grizzly bear hunt, which sees over 250 bears killed for trophies each year. Read the rest of Minnesota Hockey Player Shoots Grizzly Bear for Trophies Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: bear hunting , bear trophies , black bear , british columbia , clayton stoner , conservation , grizzly bear , hunting , trophy hunting        

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The Biomimicry Manual: What can We Learn About Resilience, Weight Loss, and Kidney Disease from the Grizzly Bear?

September 25, 2013 by  
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Image: Grizzly bear resting on a log in Alaska via Shutterstock I’m off to the wilds of Montana this week, doing some in-person, up-close biomimicry research, and I’ve got my fingers crossed I’ll see a grizzly bear. But you know, over there , not over here . With five inch long claws, massive muscular shoulders and forearms, and a habit of rearing up ten feet tall with a throaty growl, I don’t want this guy breathing hot bear breath down my neck. A subspecies of brown bear, he makes his home in the woodlands and mountains in Asia, Europe, Western Canada, Alaska, and down into the ‘Lower 48.’ He’s pretty much got the widest range of any bear. How’s he do it? Easy. He’s an opportunist par excellence . Can we learn something about adapting to change from the grizzly? Read the rest of The Biomimicry Manual: What can We Learn About Resilience, Weight Loss, and Kidney Disease from the Grizzly Bear? Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: biomimicry , brown bear , keystone species , kidney disease , polar bear , top predator        

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Twice as Many Grizzlies As Thought! Cheap Hair Collection Technique for Counting Bears Yields Larger Population Estimates

April 28, 2010 by  
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Protest Season Opens in the Lead-Up to British Columbia’s Grizzly Bear Trophy Hunt

March 23, 2010 by  
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Throughout much of North America, the grizzly bear is considered a threatened species —if it hasn’t already been extirpated. Though healthy populations exist in both the United States and Canada, they have been reduced to a fraction of their original size and dramatic reductions in habitat make these diminished populations especially vulnerable

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Grizzlies Move into Polar Bear Territory

February 24, 2010 by  
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Image credit: Wikimedia Commons In Manitoba, Canada, grizzly bears are officially listed as extirpated—a species that does not exist locally, though it is present in the wild elsewhere. With confirmed sightings in the province becoming more frequent, however, this classification may soon change.

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