JACKSON HOLE, WYO – Another bear from the Cody area was relocated yesterday by Wyoming Game and Fish Department.
An adult female grizzly was trapped after it had reportedly damaged property on private lands on the South Fork of the Shoshone River, southwest of Cody, Wyo. In cooperation with the US Fish and Wildlife Service and the Bridger-Teton National Forest, the bear was relocated to Blackrock Creek drainage, approximately 21 miles east of Moran, Wyo., on Togwotee Pass.
Bears that are considered a threat to human safety are never relocated. Grizzly bear relocation is a management tool afforded to large carnivore biologists to minimize conflicts between humans and grizzly bears and is critical to the management of the population.
When other options are exhausted or unattainable, Game and Fish will attempt to capture the bear. Once the animal is captured, all circumstances are taken into account when determining if the individual should be relocated or removed from the population.
If relocation is warranted, the selection of a relocation site is determined taking into consideration the age, sex, and type of conflict the bear was involved in as well as potential human activity in the vicinity of the relocation site. Consultation with the appropriate personnel and agencies occurs to minimize the chance of future conflicts and maximize the survival potential of the relocated grizzly bear. Bears that are deemed an immediate threat to human safety are not released back into the wild.
Bears are relocated in accordance with state and federal law and regulation. Game and Fish continues to stress the importance of the public’s responsibility in bear management and the importance of keeping all attractants (food items, garbage, horse feed, bird seed, and others) unavailable to bears.