I wonder if Fish and Wildlife is going to get an accurate estimate of the Peninsula's griz population with their "barbwire baitstation" count this year, and how it will affect our rights. I happen to be one who feels that there will be plenty of uncooperative bears who will not go out of their way to leave DNA samples and also that there will be stations that will be hit extra hard where F&W will have to sort through the hair of maybe 20 or 30 different bears. If this is correct, we will be informed that there are fewer brown bears than there actually are and this could be considered in game management.
The question is, do you suppose that we as hunters might should get involved in this opperation? Would F&W be willing to listen to questions, advise, sightings or accept help from an important user group that this count could affect?
I, for one, due to personal sightings and DLP and encounter reports feel that the griz are thriving on the Peninsula and could use a little management.