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Deadly year for grizzlies, wolves


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Newly released statistics show 2018 was the deadliest year on record for the region’s grizzly bears.

Wildlife managers in Wyoming, Montana and Idaho euthanized a total of 42 grizzlies last year — including 32 in Wyoming. That was a record number of “lethal removals” in the state — up 45 percent from the previous record of 22.

At last week’s Wyoming Game and Fish Commission meeting in Cody, the department’s top two large carnivore experts detailed 2018 conflicts that resulted in the loss of a man’s life and four human injuries, plus dead livestock and pets. The newly elected president of the commission, David Rael of Cowley, stopped the report to ask for clarification.

Rael’s question was pointed: “For the record, we were shut down on a 24-bear quota [hunt] by Judge Christensen and we euthanized 32?”

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