Federal judge speeds up grizzly lawsuit ahead of fall hunting seasons

This 2011 file photo shows a grizzly bear roaming near Beaver Lake in Yellowstone National Park, Wyo. Jim Urquhart / Associated Press file

A federal district judge derailed a docket full of legal preliminaries about removing the grizzly bear from Endangered Species Act protection on Tuesday, in hopes of getting the whole matter decided before Wyoming and Idaho open grizzly hunting seasons this fall.

Settling for a lesser adventure

Jerry Painter pulls a sled behind a fat bike on the Cave Falls Road on March 1. The sled was attached to the bike by ski pole strapped onto the seat post with a bungee cord. Unfortunately the trip was cut short by a (Royce Lee photo)

I was pedaling a fat bike along the Cave Falls Road east of Ashton this past Thursday when my journey came to an abrupt end after about 4 or 5 miles.

Numbers Game

Hunters took more elk and white-tailed deer in 2017 than in 2016, but mule deer harvest was down. With a much milder winter so far, Fish and Game biologists expect the drop in mule deer harvest to be short lived as herds recover from last year’s difficult winter across Central and Southern Idaho.



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