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 Montanaâ€™s Congressional delegation, â€œThese actions include the use of paintballs, noise-making projectiles, and visual deterrents.â€
While Iâ€™ve wickedly fantasized about paintballing well-dressed float fishermen passing underneath a bridge on the New Fork River, I didnâ€™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 regionâ€™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 populationâ€™s occupied range includes more than 7,000 square miles of private property. Thatâ€™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.