Wyoming Continues to Monitor Grizzly Bears
As part of ongoing efforts required under the Endangered Species Act to monitor the population of grizzly bears in the Yellowstone Ecosystem, the Wyoming Game & Fish Department (WGFD) is informing the public that pre-baiting and scientific trapping operations will begin in two locations of the Bridger Teton National Forest near Moran Junction.
The WGFD will begin trapping efforts in the Blackrock/Spread Creek area between July 6 and July 25. A second trapping effort will take place in the Fox Park area of the Teton Wilderness between July 26 and August 12.
All areas where trapping is being conducted will have major access points marked with warning signs. It is critical that all members of the public heed these signs.
Monitoring of grizzly bear distribution and other activities are vital to the ongoing recovery of grizzlies in the Yellowstone Ecosystem. To attract bears, biologists utilize natural food sources such as fresh road-killed deer and elk to capture grizzly bears with snares and/or culvert traps. Trapped animals are immobilized, processed, released on site, and monitored in accordance with strict protocols developed jointly by the WGFD and the Interagency Grizzly Bear Study Team.
When bear trapping activities are being conducted for research purposes, the vicinity of the site will be posted with brightly-colored warning signs to inform the public of these activities. The signs will be posted along the major access points to the trapping site. It is important that the public heed these signs and not venture into posted areas.
For more information regarding grizzly bear trapping efforts, call the WGFD Lander Regional Office at (307) 332-2688 or your local WGFD biologist or game warden.