Wyoming wildlife officers killed a female grizzly bear and her cub. This followed an attack on a hunter from Florida, and his guide, Mark Uptain, on Friday. According to the Jackson Hole News & Guide, Brad Hovinga, a Wyoming Game and Fish Department spokesperson, said there are many bears in the area near the border of Yellowstone and Grand Teton national parks. Nevertheless, USA Today reported that wildlife officials are confident they killed the right bears.

Wyoming bears attacked bow hunters

Mark Uptain was out on an elk bow hunt on Thursday with his client Corey Chubon.

They shot an elk on Thursday but only found the animal on Friday. Chubon, who was injured in the attack said the bears attacked them while they were field dressing the elk. Uptain, a family man, lost his life while injured Chubon made his escape and called for help. Parks officials found the body of Uptain on Saturday in the Terrace Mountain area. Durango Herald noted, "the agency planned to use foothold snares and to leave the devices in the field overnight."

Wyoming Wildlife Advocates spokesperson, Melissa Thomasma, was cited by USA Today as saying that hunters shouldn't use the bear attack as a justification killing more bears.

There's some concern this will negatively impact on bear populations around Yellowstone National Park. Grizzly bear protection, lifted by the Trump administration, caused an outcry from animal advocacy groups.

Sy Gilliland, of the hunting community, however, argues that the bears are "apex predators," and as they've been protected, they have no fear of humans.

He told USA Today, that he "can only imagine how horrific this was." Hunters await October 1, when the season to hunt the Grizzlies begins.

De-listing grizzly bears from protected status

Wyoming Public Media explained about the delisting of grizzly bears from protected status.

Hunters currently express frustration as they hoped for the bear hunting to begin in September. The hunting of bears is on the backburner for now, until October. as protesters lodged an appeal against delisting the animals from protection. The court needed to decide, in regards to Wyoming, that the bears are sufficiently recovered in population size and who should manage the grizzlies—the state or federal government.

Bear and human conflict often happen during elk hunting season. Animal rights groups believe the hunters want to use the death of the guide to further their own interests in killing them. Meanwhile, stock owners can't wait for the hunting veil to be lifted. In the meantime, a mother grizzly bear and her cub are dead and so a is hunting guide. Sustainable conservation through hunting is a thorny issue across much of the world.