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Commission Opposes Reintroduction of Grizzlies

Idaho Fish and Game Commission Chairman John Burns has reaffirmed the opposition of the Commission and Department to the proposed reintroduction of grizzly bears announced by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The Commission has formally opposed reintroduction since 1995. Even though it opposes reintroduction, Fish and Game participated in the Grizzly Bear Oversight Committee process established by the Legislature and still participates in the Interagency Grizzly Bear Committee. "Obviously, whether grizzlies are present due to natural expansion of their range or are imported in spite of our opposition, it would adversely affect many of our programs," Burns said. We need to be informed, but without question the Commission opposes importation of grizzlies."