(Gillette, Wyo.) The Wyoming Game and Fish Department released proposed regulations to permit grizzly bear hunting.
The proposed regulations would permit up to 24 of the bears to be harvested. However, the department aims to limit the number of female grizzlies that are killed in any season.
In order to do this, the permitting process becomes a lot more complicated than just issuing a lottery of 24 permits. Only half those permits will be issued for areas outside the Demographic Monitoring Area, which is the primary geographical area of the bears’ habitat.
The other half are issued for hunts inside the DMA. In that area, only two hunters will be allowed to hunt at any given time. When a hunter kills a grizzly, he or she will use a satellite texting device to notify the department of the kill.
Once the department determines the sex of the animal, another permit will be issued for hunts within the area.
Once two females have been hunted, the department will cease issuing any permits.
The department will make three attempts to contact the applicant, chosen by lottery, through text and phone call, between 4 p.m. and 10 p.m. Mountain Time. If the applicant doesn’t respond and accept the license, the next chosen applicant on the list will be contacted.
Once accepted, the applicant has 10 days to participate in a grizzly hunt.
The season, which is proposed to run from Sept. 15 to Nov. 15 inside the DMA. The season starts on Sept. 1 outside the DMA.
Licenses will be $600 for residents and $6,000 for non-residents. At least six of the total permits will go to non-residents.
The department is accepting comments on the proposed regulations until April 30 and is holding a series of public meetings throughout the state to get input on the proposed regulations.
A meeting will be held in Sheridan on April 2 at 7 p.m. at the Game and Fish office.