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Historian Brian Beauvais Presenting on the History of Bear Hunting in Wyoming


Wyoming Historian Brian Beauvais will be giving a public talk titled, “History of Bear Hunting in Wyoming.”

The talk will be held on Thursday, February 10, at 7 p.m. in the Wyoming State Museum classroom, located at 2301 Central Avenue. This event will also be live-streamed. The evening will begin with a presentation followed by a question and answer session. 

Beauvis’s talk will discuss notable bear hunters and their stories, as well as the overall history of bear hunting and its regulations in Wyoming from the 19th century to the present. Beavuis notes that bear hunting regulations came into fruition in 1903 and the first hunting licenses for bears were issued in 1909. With this legacy, wildlife managers in Wyoming have historically had a tough task in moderating between constituencies who have had very different attitudes toward bear populations.

Beauvis will talk about the ways in which locals and big game hunters' attitudes identifying bears as predators or game has led to an interesting view on wildlife conservation of bears and how to handle them.

Beauvais is the Curator of the Park County Archives in Cody, Wyo. He has a master’s degree in history and is currently working toward a Master of Library Science degree. He is a member of the Park County Historic Preservation Commission. In addition to his archival research interests, Beauvais also loves exploring the historical geography of Park County to better understand and recount the unfrequented stories that endure throughout our local landscape.

This event is open to the public and the first of several talks sponsored by the Wyoming State Archives, as part of a year-long speaker series featuring stories of Wyoming. Attendees may participate in-person on Thursday, February 10, at 7 p.m. by visiting the Wyoming State Museum classroom, located at 2301 Central Avenue. This talk will also be live streamed on the Archive’s Facebook page, and uploaded to our YouTube channel following the talk.

Please look for notifications of future talks as they are scheduled throughout the upcoming year. The State Archives is located in the Barrett Building first floor, 2301 Central Ave, Cheyenne, WY 82002.

For further information, contact Sara Davis, State Archivist, at 307-777-8691 or email at

The Wyoming State Archives collects, manages, and preserves Wyoming state public records that have long term administrative, legal, and historical value. These records document this history of our state and activities of Wyoming Government offices. The Archives also collects non-government records that contribute to the understanding of the state’s history.

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