(double cabin @ Nov. 15 2012, 4:45 pm)
I am of the "school" that believes Grizzlies are WAY under counted in the GYE. Certain officials have been quoted off the record as saying estimates could be 40% lower than actual numbers. Many of us see Grizzlies with a frequency that seems to increase substantially each season.
Nonetheless I remain in the wait and see camp when it comes to delisting. I'll suggest that if there is not a significant decline in GYE Grizzly numbers by Spring 2015 then the delisting process should again proceed. Remember, just as it is with wolves delisting does not equate to open season. As with wolves all National Park Lands would remain a complete sanctuary from hunters and any hunting beyond the parks would be REALLY heavily regulated in existing Grizzly habitat. I can't imagine they would ever gain the predator status wolves have in Wyoming beyond the GYE.
I agree with everything you wrote 100%
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