BILLINGS, Montana – A U.S. judge ordered federal protections restored for grizzly bears in the Northern Rocky Mountains on Monday, a move that blocks the first grizzly hunts planned in the Lower 48 states in almost three decades, FOX NEWS reports.
Wyoming and Idaho had been on the cusp of allowing hunters to kill up to 23 bears this fall. U.S. District Judge Dana Christensen had twice delayed the hunts, and the latest order blocking them was due to expire later this week. The hunts would have been the first in U.S. outside Alaska since 1991.
As an avid hunter and outdoors-man I see both sides of the coin on this topic, but I truly believe that Grizzlies need to be protected and not hunted. The bottom line is they are the top predator in the United States and extremely vital to the balance of nature.
I normally stick to military news and vital U.S. news, but when I researched this I felt compelled to get the blunt truth out and I this goes against a lot of hunters and ranchers in the North West, however I do have a blunt message to them as well.
I get that it is their livelihoods and their ranches and cattle come under attacks from predators from time to time, but nature was here first and when a man decides to set up a farm or ranch in predator country, he then agrees that nature will do what nature does, natural selection on the circle of life.
We have seen the extreme price that hunting Grizzlies has cost our mountain ranges, when predators are removed from an area, the grass munchers not only thrive but they over populate and decimate valleys. Once the foliage is decimated the rain actually causes extreme erosion and the balance of nature is ruined in an area so the grass munchers come down from ranges into populated areas and next thing you know, we have a rise in car accidents with deer, we have rise in diseases in the elk and deer populations.
Restoring protections will allow the grizzly population to grow unchecked, “endangering the lives and livelihoods of westerners who settled the region long ago,” said Cody Wisniewski, representing the Wyoming Farm Bureau.
I seriously get ticked when people claim that the Grizzly threatens their livelihoods as well endangers human lives in those areas populated with bears.
I was raised in the North-West and I know the age old battle of farmers and ranchers vs wolves and bears, the blunt truth is, the ranchers and farmers have ways to keep predators off their land but it costs more than they want to spend. So they raise hell to go after the predators and they want them removed from the areas completely.
The grizzlies living in and around Yellowstone were classified as a threatened species in 1975 after most bears had been killed off early last century and the population was down to just 136 animals.
The lower 48 used to have a healthy 50,000+ Grizzly population and it has been torn almost to extinction due to hunting, diseases as well as human population taking over their territory.
One of the great things about our Nation is the beauty of our wilderness and people are destroying it at an alarming rate, we must preserve our wilderness and wildlife which also allows hunters across America to enjoy hunting.
The bears are not a nuisance, they are not out hunting humans for food, a Grizzly would prefer to never have contact with a human and the very few attacks that happen usually boil down to human error and human ignorance.
Chris “Badger” Thomas is a Veteran who served our country as an Army Combat Medic.