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WY - Two grizzlies killed by Wyoming hunters

Jun 10 2008 12:59PM
Associated Press
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POWELL, Wyo. (AP) Hunters killed two male grizzly bears last month in northern Wyoming after mistaking them for black bears.

Wyoming Game and Fish spokesman Dennie Hammer says one grizzly was killed May 7 and the other was shot on May 27.

Game managers say neither hunter took enough time to identify the bear species they were shooting at. The hunters involved could face penalties.

Killing a grizzly purposely could result in a fine of up to $10,000, up to one year in jail and suspension of hunting, fishing and trapping privileges for up to six years.

Hammer said the Game and Fish agency offers various educational tools to help hunters distinguish between grizzly and black bears.  

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