Anti-grizzly bear hunts in Wyoming - KULR8.com | News, Weather & Sports in Billings, Montana

Anti-grizzly bear hunts in Wyoming

Posted: Updated:
JACKSON, Wyo. -

Wyoming’s Game and Fish Department says more than 7000 people applied for 22 grizzly hunting licenses recently. Two people in Jackson were chosen in a lottery for the tags. They plan to hunt grizzlies with cameras instead.  

The streets of downtown Jackson are crowded with tourists from all over the world. Some find their way down Cache street to the Mangelsen photography gallery.  There, they’ll find wildlife prints that sell for thousands of dollars, each.

Mangelsen has been featured on a national news show. His pictures of bears, particularly bear number 399, are famous. 

Mangelsen described the first time he saw her,   “I hadn’t seen a grizzly bear in Teton Park for the first 30 years I lived here.  And then one happened on my back deck.”

He applied for and got a Wyoming Grizzly hunting tag that he won’t use, so that he could prevent one hunt.

He remarked,  “If somebody wants to see a bear hunt all you have to do is go to one of these sporting channels, or go to YouTube and watch. I saw this one bear that this guy shot that was hit five times. It rolled down the hill, blood across the snow, writhing in pain.”

Mangelsen said he’s not against hunting for food, but is against hunting grizzlies for a trophy…

He explained, “These are intelligent, emotional animals.  They suffer just if you shot a dog, or even people”

Mangelsen drew grizzly hunting tag #8.  Kelly Mayor, who also lives in Jackson,  drew #2.

 She said, “I plan to go out with a camera.”

Mayor joined a Jackson group called, “Shoot Em With A Camera”.  Their goal is to limit, or even stop the upcoming hunts for grizzlies in Wyoming.

When asked what she thinks about grizzlies, Mayor commented, “I think they’re really beautiful. I think they bring a lot of tourists to our town.”

The Founder of the group, Lisa Robertson said, “So, as the wildlife watching sector on public lands increases, the hunting sector decreases.”

Committee member Ann Smith said she told Wyoming Governor Matt Mead,  “One live grizzly brings about twelve million dollars into the state, and he agreed.”

But, she said Mead told her hunting big animals is the Wyoming culture.

The women say they’ve raised $42,000 online from people who support their anti-grizzly hunting stance. Mangelsen said he’s gotten a lot of support, too, but one man wrote online:

“They won’t find you, but they might find your camera, and they might find your body.”

The women said electronic signs against Wyoming’s planned grizzly hunt will start appearing across Wyoming and Montana. They are also supporting the groups that have filed lawsuit against the hunt, and plan to be in Missoula for the court hearing later this month.

  • Most Popular

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Glendive mother charged in hot car death of toddler

    Glendive mother charged in hot car death of toddler

    Friday, August 17 2018 1:17 PM EDT2018-08-17 17:17:12 GMT

    A 19-year-old Glendive woman has been charged with negligent homicide in the death of her 2-year-old son. 

    A 19-year-old Glendive woman has been charged with negligent homicide in the death of her 2-year-old son. 

  • Body of final boating accident victim recovered from Bighorn Lake.

    Body of final boating accident victim recovered from Bighorn Lake.

    Saturday, August 18 2018 1:29 PM EDT2018-08-18 17:29:14 GMT

    A third body has been pulled from Bighorn Lake following a boating accident last week near Fort Smith.

    A third body has been pulled from Bighorn Lake following a boating accident last week near Fort Smith.

  • Prosecutors believe Colorado man killed his family at home

    Prosecutors believe Colorado man killed his family at home

    Thursday, August 16 2018 7:15 PM EDT2018-08-16 23:15:24 GMT

    Authorities say bodies believed to be a pregnant woman and her two young children were found. 

    Authorities say bodies believed to be a pregnant woman and her two young children were found. 

  • Our Apologies

    The page you requested is currently unavailable. Pages on this site are constantly being revised, updated, and occasionally removed. You may have followed an outdated link or have outdated pages in your

    You have reached a page which is currently unavailable. We apologize for any inconvenience. Please use your browser's BACK button to return to the previous page

  • Yellowstone visitor warned for standing too close to bison

    Yellowstone visitor warned for standing too close to bison

    Wednesday, August 15 2018 2:25 PM EDT2018-08-15 18:25:23 GMT
    photo: Douglas Scott on Twitterphoto: Douglas Scott on Twitter

    A Yellowstone National Park visitor standing too close to a bison said the potential danger is "fake news," according to a social media post that's going viral.

    A Yellowstone National Park visitor standing too close to a bison said the potential danger is "fake news," according to a social media post that's going viral.

  • Friday night storms spark new fires in Montana

    Friday night storms spark new fires in Montana

    Saturday, August 18 2018 9:20 AM EDT2018-08-18 13:20:40 GMT

    Friday night storms sparked a few new fire starts throughout Montana.  Madison County Emergency Management reports the storm sparked two new fires in their county around 6 p.m. The first was up Standard Creek. Crews were able to keep that fire to less than an acre.  The second fire was outside of Norris on Sterling Road. That fire spread to about 75 acres before crews were able to contain it.  There are also reports of new fire starts outside of Helena.  Those ...

    Friday night storms sparked a few new fire starts throughout Montana.  Madison County Emergency Management reports the storm sparked two new fires in their county around 6 p.m. The first was up Standard Creek. Crews were able to keep that fire to less than an acre.  The second fire was outside of Norris on Sterling Road. That fire spread to about 75 acres before crews were able to contain it.  There are also reports of new fire starts outside of Helena.  Those ...

  • Bozeman Police investigating sexual assault; suspect at large

    Bozeman Police investigating sexual assault; suspect at large

    Friday, August 17 2018 3:05 PM EDT2018-08-17 19:05:44 GMT

    Bozeman Police are investigating after a sexual assault was reported Thursday evening.

    Bozeman Police are investigating after a sexual assault was reported Thursday evening.

  • Evacuated Glacier Park lodge won't re-open this season

    Evacuated Glacier Park lodge won't re-open this season

    Friday, August 17 2018 4:36 PM EDT2018-08-17 20:36:02 GMT
    photo courtesy Glacier National Park, Aug. 13photo courtesy Glacier National Park, Aug. 13

    A century-old lodge in Glacier National Park that was evacuated last weekend due to a wildfire will not re-open this season.

    A century-old lodge in Glacier National Park that was evacuated last weekend due to a wildfire will not re-open this season.