I heard from my wife's cousin's brother's dad's dog's neighbor's therapist that those within FWP are pushing to start off with a quota rather than a permit system.
Anyone within the know have a yea or nay on that?
Taylor's Fork, Sage Creek, Cabin Creek, south of Hebgen, Upper Yellowstone (east and west of Gardiner) have ridiculous densities and are probably the most obvious areas to have the first permits.
Given the human-caused mortality limits in each of the units within the Primary Conservation Area, I seriously, I mean very seriously, doubt they would have a quota system. If you read the plan and the allowed human-caused mortality, along with the female subquota mortality limits, a quota system would be very hard to rationalize to those who fought against delisting.
I suspect it would be a drawing for a very, very, small number of tags, with heavy emphasis on hunter orientation to try focus the harvest in areas and at times that increase the likelihood that only boars are taken. I don't even want to think about the mess created if it is a free for all quota system where guys know the quota will close in a day, resulting in more human-caused mortality than is allowed under the plan and reading how a couple cubs are now orphaned.
Agencies are going to be extremely careful. I suspect collared bears would be off limits. Obviously, females with cubs will be off limits. Given the data I have seen there are some areas where the habitat is saturated with GBs. When I read reports of a conflict in those areas, it comes as no surprise, having seen the data these scientists have in those spots. Taylor's Fork, Sage Creek, Cabin Creek, south of Hebgen, Upper Yellowstone (east and west of Gardiner) have ridiculous densities and are probably the most obvious areas to have the first permits.
Understand, this current delisting is only for the Greater Yellowstone population, not the GBs in NW Montana.