Update on the Yellowstone Grizzly Hunt

Quick update on the proposed grizzly hunts that were to take place this month in Wyoming and Idaho.

We had written a blog post a few weeks ago on photographer Thomas Mangelsen and his, and others, efforts to block this hunt. Looks like for now the group will be pleased.

U.S. District Court Judge Dana Christensen has restored Endangered Species Act protections for grizzly bears living around Yellowstone National Park, a ruling that puts a stop on the grizzly hunts that Mangelsen was fighting hard to disrupt by taking up spots in the hunt lottery.

Mangelsen’s movement – Shoot ‘em with a Camera, not a gun – sought to enlist non-hunters nationwide to put in for one of the bear hunting licenses with the intent of protesting the hunt through not killing a bear, instead, photographing them, as Mangelsen has been doing for many years near his Jackson, Wyoming home.

The ruling said the federal government didn’t use the best available science when it removed the bears from the threatened-species list last year. That federal regulators can’t delist the isolated pockets where grizzly populations exist until they start connecting together.

Prior to this ruling, wildlife agencies in Wyoming and Idaho planned to let hunters kill up to 23 grizzlies during its first hunting season for the bears in three decades. It was set to begin on September 1 before Christensen granted a temporary restraining order on August 30, which we mentioned in a previous post.

We’ll keep following this story, if it should change, however it appears that Mangelsen and others who fought against this hunt received their best case outcome. At least, for now.

Kenton Krueger







Kenton Krueger has spent the past several years guiding guiding backpackers, hikers and photographers into the wild places of the American West such as Havasu Falls, Grand Canyon and Yellowstone National Parks as well as in the Grand Staircase Escalante in southern Utah. In addition to backpacking and camping, his adventures include rock climbing, exploring the slot canyons of southern Utah, mountain biking, and bagging 14ers in Colorado’s San Juan Mountain Mountain Range. Kenton is a trail runner, former pilot, newspaper photographer and writer. Kenton looks forward to utilizing his years of guiding experience, combined with his passion and experience behind the lens to provide memorable and unforgettable experiences at the wild places we will visit together.

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3 replies
  1. Danielle
    Danielle says:

    Thank goodness for that and kudos to Mendelson and everyone that participated in the fight to protect these magnificent animals! Thank you so much for keeping us in the loop with this important issue !

  2. Dane Wilson
    Dane Wilson says:

    I’m glad to hear that the grizzly hunt has been postponed for now and hopefully for the long term. The grizzly is a magnificient creature and shouold be protected to the fullest extent of the law. This way many generations can benefit from grizzlies being seen in their natural habitat without the danger of being killed by hunters.

  3. Darin
    Darin says:

    This whole thing is too bad. We are losing public lands and natural areas for wildlife at an alarming rate. Here in Minnesota only about 1 percent of the native prairies are left. The rest are farm fields, cities or roads. The groups that are making the biggest effort to change that everywhere are hunter groups such as Pheasants Forever, Ducks Unlimited, Rocky Mountain Elk, National Wild Turkey Federation, just to name a few. Hunters are not your enemy. 22 bears wasnt going to change the population. Now the state has lost out on a lot of lost revenue that could have been reinvested to help keep some areas natural. Money from the license, to the self imposed higher taxes on hunting gear, lodging, and food from local businesses will also be lower. We need to work together to save areas the animals can survive and thrive in, not fight each other, or we will lose the land forever. How will the bear population be then?


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