Grizzly bears

Grizzly bears rest in a field in Yellowstone National Park. Game and Fish is seeking public input on grizzly bear management.

Jim Peaco, Yellowstone National Park

Wyoming assumed control of grizzly bear management this summer, and now wildlife officials want to hear from the public.

The Wyoming Game and Fish Department is holding eight listening sessions across the state beginning Tuesday to talk to people about the carnivore.

“We’re sitting down to talk about grizzly bears,” said Dan Thompson, large carnivore section supervisor for the department. “Now that we are managing grizzly bears, we want to get the public’s input on what we should do and how we should move forward.”

The Game and Fish Commission updated the department’s grizzly bear management plan, and biologists will be guided by those details. The public meetings will allow people to ask questions about the plan and offer feedback, according to a release sent by the department.

Meetings are as follows:

6 p.m. Wednesday at the Casper regional Game and Fish office;

7 p.m. Wednesday at the Laramie regional Game and Fish office;

6 p.m. Thursday at the Sheridan regional Game and Fish office;

6 p.m. Nov. 15 at the Virginian Lodge in Jackson;

6 p.m. Nov. 16 at the Pinedale regional Game and Fish office;

6 p.m. Nov. 29 at the Green River regional Game and Fish office;

6:30 p.m. Nov. 30 at the Holiday Inn in Cody;

and 6 p.m. Dec. 4 at The Inn at Lander.

Editor's note: The original version of this story listed several incorrect dates.

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A Casper native, Christine Peterson started as a Star-Tribune intern in 2002. She has covered outdoor recreation, the environment and wildlife since 2010, and became managing editor in 2015. If not tracking bears or elk on assignment, she's chasing trout.

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