(Gillette, Wyo.) The Wyoming Game and Fish Department wants to talk to the public about grizzly bears. The department is holding meetings across the state, including one in Sheridan scheduled tentatively for Nov. 9.
Specific times and locations will be announced at the end of October.
In May of last year the Wyoming Game and Fish Commission approved a new version of its grizzly bear management plan, preparation for when the species was no longer listed as endangered. Now that the delisting has come to pass, the plan is going to be implemented.
These meetings will give the public an opportunity to weigh in on all components of grizzly bear management.
“This is an opportunity for people to tell us what they think about grizzly bear management and to have an open discussion with Game and Fish about all the work we are doing with grizzly bears,” said Dan Thompson, large carnivore section supervisor with the department. “After decades of recovery efforts, we now have the opportunity to delve deeper into some of the questions the public may have as to what is happening with grizzly bears and with our management of the population.”
The meetings will be a chance for the public to learn more about all aspects of grizzly bear research, education and management in Wyoming and help shape grizzly bear conservation in the future. Game and Fish biologists will open each meeting with a brief informative presentation on grizzly bear recovery and conservation, an overview of the major components of the grizzly bear management plan and what Game and Fish hopes to gain from discussions with the public.
“We are excited to have conversations with the public and hear what they want to know and learn about their grizzly bears. We want these gatherings to be productive information sharing and listening sessions about an iconic animal that most everyone in Wyoming and beyond is interested in,” Thompson said.
Thompson said that while much outside focus and interest has been solely on hunting, the goals of the meeting are to talk about the overall grizzly bear management and the education and outreach program, Bear Wise, within the Game and Fish.
“This is an exciting time in wildlife conservation and management, and we look forward to talking with you about it,” said Thompson.
Information about grizzly bear management and education efforts is available on the Game and Fish website.