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Teton County: We Protect Grizzlies!

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In Teton County we are facing a moment of truth. 

 Do we allow trophy hunting of grizzly bears, the iconic symbol of the wild that is still recovering from the brink of regional extinction, or do we protect them? And who decides? Wyoming Game & Fish, or the citizens of Teton County?

Teton County is a special place. With all of Grand Teton Nat’l Park and 40% of Yellowstone within our borders, there are few places as beautiful. With 97% of the county being protected lands, there are few places as wild.

But many places have mountains, lakes, and forests. What sets us apart is wildlife and our commitment to protect it.

The Wyoming Game & Fish Department says they haven’t decided to hunt grizzly bears. But don’t believe them.

They have a Grizzly Bear Management Plan in place that specifically allows for hunting of grizzlies. They have a signed agreement with Montana and Idaho  to allocate “discretionary mortality.”  Discretionary mortality is “the amount of human-caused grizzly bear mortality over which agencies have discretionary control, such as management removals and regulated harvests

It is only a matter of time before they pull the trigger on hunting grizzlies in Wyoming. 

There is every reason to believe they'll have a grizzly hunt in Teton County...if we let them.

Allowing Wyoming Game & Fish to have a trophy hunt of grizzly bears in Teton County does not reflect our community’s values nor serve our best interests. There are no scientific, cultural or economic justifications. 

Wyoming Wildlife Advocates is at the forefront of the fight to protect grizzly bears.

We fought long and hard throughout the recent delisting process and we will continue to fight for wildlife in Wyoming, and especially for grizzlies.

The funds raised by this campaign will be used to fight against trophy hunting of grizzlies in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem, but our focus will be here in Teton County where we believe there is the best chance of preventing a grizzly bear trophy hunt.

Aspects of our campaign include earned and paid media, political action, social media, public education and outreach, and more. It is hard work, time consuming, and it costs money. By contributing, you help us fight harder.

It will likely be a long slow process. But community organizing usually is. And in the end it is worth it to prevent Teton County's grizzly bears, such as 399 and 610, from ending up on a trophy hunters wall. The simple fact is, to this community especially, grizzlies are worth more alive than dead

If we prevent a grizzly hunt here, then there's hope that we can prevent one in another county, then another.

And finally...


Kent Nelson
Wilson, WY
Wyoming Wildlife Advocates

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