JACKSON, Wyo. — The Wyoming Game and Fish Commission has opted not to hold a grizzly bear hunt this year.
The Jackson Hole News & Guide reports that the decision last week follows a bill passed by the Wyoming Legislature this winter that authorized state wildlife officials to hold a grizzly bear hunt in spite of the species' "threatened" federal status.
But the commission voted unanimously against drawing up grizzly hunting regulations.
Commissioner Patrick Crank explained to his fellow board members that 230 years of case law supported the U.S. Constitution's Supremacy Clause, which establishes the precedence of federal laws over state law.
Crank says if the state authorized a grizzly hunt, hunters who killed bears could face federal prosecution.
An estimated 700 grizzly bears reside in and around Yellowstone National Park.