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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.


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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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population gauging is certainly a tough nut:
http://nrmsc.usgs.gov/files/norock/IGBST/GYEGBMonMortWksRpt2012.pdf
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BTW I thought they were doing more with dna based counts off baited wire snags?

Didn't see that mentioned.
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Thanks HSF. That makes me a lot less skeptical of the comittment of the counting program. I needed it.

There is an attitude among some folks in the area that "they" have no idea what they're doing when it comes to counting. I understand its a very complex task, and as much as I believe they've been undercounted I cannot fault the folks doing their best to find hundreds of bears across almost 20 million often quite remote acres.

Whatever the methods its clear to a lot of us here that there are a LOT more bears than there were 10 years ago. With them moving into more and more areas they haven't favored in generations I believe densities are way up. In July I was charged by a big boar and less than 30 minutes later I air-horned two adolescent males up out of the willows. There was a fire in the area that I think bunched them together more than they otherwise might have been, but in the same area a sow with cubs had been spotted frequently. The old theory that Grizzlies need 50 square miles of personal territory went the way of success several years back.


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While the book dates back a few decades, "Track of the Grizzly" by John Craighead shows that they knew in the 60s that grizzly were not territorial and personal ranges were as little as 10-15 miles up to 150. Just because you see a grizzly on the south side of YNP doesn't mean you won't see the same one 20 miles into MT a week later.

The Craigheads also found that official counts by government employees were usually wildly inflated. That may have changed over the years but I doubt it.

True the numbers are up but I question whether they're as high as claimed.


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