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Wenk says the National Park Service supports the delisting of grizzly bears. He says there are still some concerns: A letter from Governor Mead to Secretary Jewell for the three states committed to: They would not hunt within John D. Rockefeller Memorial Parkway. They would concentrate hunts away from park boundaries. They would allow the National Park Service and US Forest Service to be part of the discussions on discretionary mortality, and they would continue to use the Chao II method of counting, the method that is currently in place. That method of counting is my concern: it estimated 715 bears were in the GYC, however, other methods said there could be more: as many as 1100 bears in the same area. So, our concern was if they ever switched to a method of counting to another method of counting that was deemed to be a better method of counting scientifically, we wanted to make sure there was a stable number of bears at the time of delisting, and so they should recalibrate the Chao II Method to the new method of counting. They never agreed to that, but the Fish and Wildlife service in a letter to the Park Service committed to using the Chao II method in the foreseable future, so that gave us some level of certainty. However that was upset a little bit in the meeting of the Yellowstone Grizzly Bear Coordinating Committee, where they discussed a new method of counting. And, so we're anxious to see what that means, and what they're going to do if they adopt of new method of counting, and what actions are going to be taken by the state. He says, I'm concerned about that. He says if there is hunting near the park boundary, and a wounded bear wanders into the park, does that hunter still get a chance to shoot another bear. We have concerns about how delisting rules will affect other states. WY has a lottery to allow hunting of bears. Wenk says there is a court case that will be heard at the end of August. Wenk answers a question about visitation. He says we will have to manage visitation in the future. He says there will be almost a million visits in July. He talks about a possible limit on daily visitation. We don't know what the answer is yet. Maybe shuttle systems will take care of some of the problems. He says we cannot suggest a solution until we understand the intended and unintended consequences, but hope to come up with some ideas in the next year to two years.

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