June 4, 2023

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — A Wyoming hunter faces as much as a yr in jail and a $10,000 tremendous if convicted of killing a grizzly bear he allegedly claims he mistook for a legal-to-hunt black bear outdoors Yellowstone Nationwide Park.

The lifeless male grizzly weighing about 530 kilos was reported round 9 a.m. Might 1 by a number of drivers on Freeway 14 close to the jap entrance to Yellowstone. The carcass had been left the place it fell, about 30 yards from the street and near a picnic space on the Shoshone River.

The bear had been shot no less than 4 occasions, stated an affidavit filed in Park County Circuit Court docket by recreation warden Travis Crane.

The next day, a person known as the Wyoming Recreation and Fish Division to show himself in. He reportedly instructed Crane that he had been assured earlier than capturing that the animal was a black bear and realized his error solely when he was capable of examine the carcass.

The hunter is a 65-year-old man from the group of Wapiti, between Yellowstone and Cody. He’s scheduled to be arraigned Friday, Might 19, in Cody Circuit Court docket.

Killing a grizzly bear in Wyoming is a misdemeanor. In addition to the jail time and tremendous, the cost carries a penalty of as much as $25,000 in restitution to the state and 6 years’ suspension of searching privileges.

Grizzlies within the Yellowstone area of southern Montana, jap Idaho and northwestern Wyoming are a federally protected species. They are often legally killed solely in clear-cut circumstances of defending people or livestock.

Hunters are instructed to right away report any killing of a grizzly.

Black bears are sometimes smaller and darker than grizzly bears and lack the opposite species’ characteristically humped again.

Grizzly-human encounters have elevated because the Yellowstone area’s grizzly inhabitants has grown to as many as 1,000 animals because the Nineteen Seventies.

As many as 50,000 grizzlies as soon as roamed the western U.S. Nonetheless, they’re thought-about a conservation success story with rebounding numbers in Yellowstone and different pockets within the decrease 48 states.

California’s final recognized grizzly was seen in Sequoia Nationwide Park in 1924. Latest petitions to reintroduce the species to the state have been rejected by authorities companies.