The idea of a legal grizzly bear hunt in Montana was recently discussed. Still, it is not known yet if a grizzly hunt would be a threat or not. In case a hunt would be allowed, the rules will be very strict regarding this. First, you will be forbidden to take down a bear who travels with another bear to make sure a female with cubs is not killed. According to John Vore, the chief of the Wildlife and Parks Game Management Bureau, this program would have the conservative purpose of reducing the number of female bears without cubs.
The spring season is suggested to take place between March 15 and April 20 and the fall season between November 10 and December 15. This schedule relies on the fact that females and their cubs go into hibernation early in the fall whereas in the spring they leave the dens later than usual.
Grizzly bears in Montana haven’t been hunted since 1991, being protected by the Endangered Species Act after being on the verge of extinction in 1975. The hunting season will not become a tradition, and it will depend on an annual research concerning the population. Idaho, Wyoming, and Montana will have the mission to count all the dead grizzly bears and how they occurred, whether by cars, natural causes or livestock purpose. The hunters won’t be granted permission if the number of deaths exceeds the limit of the bears population.
Even bears which represent a problem will not be hunted even during the hunting season as it was labeled as an unfair chase. Despite the fact that many restrictions would be imposed, opposition holds its ground against such an idea. The African chimpanzee researcher, Jane Goodall, assumes that it is still too early to decide if the bear population is stable. Even though it might be thriving it is still dangerous to allow a hunting season to take place after only a few decades since the grizzly bears were threatened by extinction.
Another 58 scientists besides her, wrote a letter to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service stating their opinion against the idea of a hunting season. Wildlife advocates will most probably challenge the decision in case it turns out to be in favor for the grizzly hunt.