Target: Scott Talbott, Director of the Wyoming Game and Fish Department
Goal: Explain why officers killed a harmless bear and ensure it does not happen again
A young, grizzly bear known as bear #760 was senselessly killed by Wyoming wildlife officers at Grand Teton National Park. State wildlife managers felt they had “exhausted all [their] options” and had no choice but to kill #760 near the small town of Clark after the bear repeatedly wandered into developed areas. Wyoming Game and Fish Department (WGFD) large carnivore supervisor Dan Thompson said #760 was incredibly accustomed to the presence of humans and would show up in rural areas in sage country or in people’s yards.
Bear #760 was popular among tourists due to his curious, peaceful, and adventurous nature that made him an endearing treat to stumble across or photograph. Despite never being a threat or even aggressive toward tourists, the WGFD moved him into an unsuitable area five miles east of Yellowstone. According to the WGFD, this area has the highest number of Grizzly bears in Teton and Yellowstone, which means #760, as an adolescent, had little to no chance of survival there. The WGFD also tried to capture him and considered options such as transportation to a zoo or research facility but ultimately chose to euthanize him.
However, the question still remains as to why the WGFD felt it was necessary to ruthlessly kill a bear that posed no threat to humans. There were other options to help #760 adjust a more suitable habitat. Killing an innocent animal when there are so many opportunities to help him survive should never be considered. Please sign this petition to demand answers from the Wyoming Game and Fish Department and ensure harmless bears like #760 will be given a chance to live instead of executed without reason.
Dear Scott Talbott,
Bear #760 never posed a threat or caused harm to humans. He was gentle, amiable, and beloved by locals and tourists alike. It makes no sense to me that he was euthanized after the WGFD claimed to “exhaust all options” to help him survive. Due to the unreasonable decisions made by state wildlife managers, a beautiful bear was killed.
First of all, why would the department move him into an area densely populated by other adult grizzly bears when it is common sense that he would struggle to survive there? He should have been relocated to an appropriate area with food he needed before winter hibernation. Secondly and most importantly, why was he killed? The Grand Tetons National Park is supposed to protect endangered species. The WGFD has failed to protect #760 and this type of mismanagement should never happen again.
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