BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) – The National Rifle Association and also a game hunting group want to make sure their members could hunt grizzly bears in the three-state region around Yellowstone National Park following the animals missing U.S. protections.
Idaho, Montana and Wyoming are still contemplating limited trophy searches for grizzlies beyond the park in future decades following the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service revoked the species’ threatened status in July.
Conservation groups have sued to restore protections, and now the NRA and Safari Club International have asked U.S. District Judge Dana Christensen to let them intervene in the case.
FILE– This undated file photo reveals a grizzly bear. A game hunting group, even the National Rifle Association and Safari Club International, are requesting a judge to be sure their members could search bears at the Yellowstone region. Conservation groups have resisted to reestablish them although protections have been dropped by the critters. (National Park Service via AP, File)
Many of the groups’ members stated in affidavits submitted by their lawyers that searching allow states to better manage the critters, would help the market of the region and enhance security.
“Having the capacity to hunt grizzlies would be great for company. I’d also personally seek out a grizzly if given an chance to accomplish this,” said Edwin Johnson, a 70-year-old searching outfitter who lives in Gardiner, Montana. “They have to get hunted so that they dread that the scent of humans, as opposed to following it as they do now.”
An estimated 700 bears reside in and around Yellowstone National Park. Attacks on humans have increased because the critters rebounded in the past century from extermination.
At least six suits are currently pending at Montana and Illinois, but most are expected to be merged into one case in forthcoming months.
An attorney for environmentalists in among the Montana instances stated no decision has been made on whether to combat the attempt by the NRA and Safari Club to intervene.
“We are committed to doing everything we can to stop trophy hunting of grizzly bears leaving Yellowstone National Park,” explained Matthew Bishop with the Western Environmental Law Center, who’s representing WildEarth Guardians.
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