11 Mar 2020

Paintball that Griz!

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Is Old Ephraim hanging about your backyard? Cat Urbigkit, in Cowboy State Daily, shares some new guidance from the Fish and Wildlife Service.

Got a grizzly bear hanging out near the house? Fire up that paintball gun and give it a go! U.S. Interior Secretary David Bernhardt has confirmed that the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (FWS) has issued new guidance on actions the public can take to haze grizzly bears that may pose a threat to human safety.

According to a letter Bernhardt sent to Montana’s Congressional delegation, “These actions include the use of paintballs, noise-making projectiles, and visual deterrents.”

While I’ve wickedly fantasized about paintballing well-dressed float fishermen passing underneath a bridge on the New Fork River, I didn’t know how small and lacking my daydream was. I should have dreamed bigger; grizzly sized dreams.

FWS quickly issued the new guidance, which includes methods that are allowed to deter grizzlies away from the immediate vicinity (200 yards) of a human-occupied residence or potential conflict area, such as a barn, livestock corral, chicken coop, grain bin, or schoolyard. In addition to using paintballs, also allowed is the use of stones or marbles, either thrown or sent out of a slingshot.

When you mention the Yellowstone region’s grizzly bear population, most people think of Yellowstone and Grand Teton national parks, and the federal parkway that connects the two. But WG&F large carnivore staff report that the grizzly population’s occupied range includes more than 7,000 square miles of private property. That’s more private property within occupied grizzly bear range than the two national parks and parkway combined.

Let’s hope the irritated bear doesn’t charge.

RTWT

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Hairless Joe

Good advice as long as you still have the .44 magnum on your hip when you do it.



Rick

I shot a 2,000 Brahama bull with a blunt arrow from about 20 yards. He hardly flinched. I’m thinking a paintball is only going to irritate a grizzly.



Anon

Better watch out for those well-dressed float fishermen too.



Gerard vanderleun

You go out there and paintball that grizz. I shall wait here in the Sherman tank.



BobF

Only use for the paintball is to let the next “marksman” know that griz has been at the rodeo before.



Jerryskids

the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (FWS) has issued new guidance on actions the public can take to haze grizzly bears that may pose a threat to human safety.

I can’t argue with that. I agree that this sort of guidance may pose a threat to human safety. Why would anybody think that annoying a grizzly bear is anything other than a really bad idea anyways?



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