IDAHO -- The Idaho Department of Fish and Game (Fish and Game) is seeking public comment on proposed rules for hunting grizzly bears in eastern Idaho.
Fish and Game tells TrailMob that they are seeking comments on proposed regulations that would limit Idaho hunters to one grizzly bear in their lifetime. They will accept public comments through July 27th.
There are an estimated 700 grizzlies in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem, which includes parts of Idaho, Wyoming and Montana.
Currently, grizzlies are listed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act. Earlier this year, the United States Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) revealed plans to remove grizzly bears from the Endangered Species List, thereby opening the door to hunting.
The USFWS plans to make a final decision on lifting the protection by March 2017, but before doing so they have required Idaho, Montana and Wyoming to draft an outline of their proposed grizzly hunting regulations.
So far, all three states have approved a plan that would ban hunting females with cubs and have agreed to end the hunting season if overall numbers dip below 600.
If you would like to read more, here is a link to the ‘notice of intent’ for grizzly bear hunting and where to submit your comments to Idaho Fish and Game. CLICK HERE.