CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — The Wyoming Game and Fish Commission is holding its first public hearing on how the state will manage grizzly bears when they come off of the endangered species list.

The federal government is proposing to lift threatened-species protections for grizzlies in Wyoming, Montana and Idaho.

The decision could lead to future hunts for the bears in the three states for the first time since the 1970s.

Hunting within Yellowstone and Grand Teton national parks would still be prohibited.

Each state must propose a plan for managing the bears.

The Wyoming Game and Fish Commission is holding eight public meetings, the first of which is scheduled for Wednesday in Casper.

There are an estimated 700 to 1,000 grizzly bears in the three states.

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